mtr on Juniper

Usually when you want to trace the path through the network that the packets take to reach a destination, you are using traceroute on Juniper devices.

However, this doesn’t give you the ability to see if there is any packet loss towards destination.

You can use ‘ping’ to check the packet loss, but you will not know where the packets are dropped.


root@r4> traceroute            
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
 1 (  25.162 ms  19.146 ms  18.079 ms
 2 (  20.222 ms  19.328 ms  20.204 ms
 3 (  30.143 ms  29.482 ms  30.406 ms



To overcome this limitation, you can use ‘traceroute monitor’, which is something similar to mtr utility from Unix/Linux systems:


root@r4> traceroute monitor  

                                                                             My traceroute  [v0.69]
r4 ( psize=64 bitpattern=0x00)                                                                                     Mon Sep 29 07:55:56 2014
Keys:  Help   Display mode   Restart statistics   Order of fields   quit
                                                                                                                    Packets               Pings
 Host                                                                                                            Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
 1.                                                                                                   0.0%     3   20.1  20.2  20.1  20.2   0.1
 2.                                                                                                   0.0%     3   30.0  27.3  21.3  30.4   5.1
 3.                                                                                                  0.0%     3   30.4  30.5  30.4  30.5   0.1


Nice, isn’t it?



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Paris ARAU

Paris ARAU is a networking professional with strong background on routing and switching technologies. He is a holder of CCIE R&S and dual JNCIE(SP and ENT). The day to day work allows him to dive deeply in networking technologies. Part of the continuously training, he is focusing on Software Defined Network and cloud computing.


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