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Thanks for the contribution,GL with your gaming carrier. The Synergy, while a little more expensive than most other tables considered to be entry-level tables, does provide a table great for the beginner than even a more experienced player can appreciate. Though this model comes folded, the legs have a self-folding design that allows you to quickly unfold the table and start a new game. It does not provide the same bounce as a wooden table and tends to play faster with shallower bounces. I have a list of Usenet provider traceroute pages here. Possible ICMP error messages of this nature include:.

Reading the output

Using Traceroute

These days, the only hope you likely have of running a reverse traceroute is if the system you want to trace from has a traceroute facility on their web site. Many systems, and Usenet providers in particular, have a web page where you can run a traceroute from their system back to yours.

In combination with your trace to their system, this can give you the other half of the picture. I have a list of Usenet provider traceroute pages here. It can also be useful to see the result of a traceroute from somewhere else on the net.

There are many public traceroute pages available which let you trace from those systems to other systems or back to your own system. There is an exhaustive list at www. In addition to diagnosing technical problems, this can be useful to determine what kind of connections a system has to the Internet. If your trace to a system ends in timeouts, and never completes, there could be a problem.

The other explanation is that a system is blocking traceroute attempts, either by filtering all ICMP messages or by other means. Your next step is to figure out where the problem is. Well, obviously, if the trace stops at a particular system and can't go any further, then that system is where the problem lies, right? Possibly, but not necessarily. If your traceroute ends in timeouts at a certain system, it's likely that either the connection between that system and the next system on the route, or the next system itself, is the source of the problem.

The system may be down, or the network connecting them may be down. You may just have to wait for the problem to be fixed, especially if the problem system is not at your ISP and thus you aren't a paying customer of that network.

The problem could, however, not be with that system. Recall that the packets must travel from your system to the router and back again before you can see the results, and that the return route may be different from the forward route. Thus, the problem could lie somewhere on the return route between the system giving the timeouts and your own system, and that problem may not be reflected in the previous parts of the trace because the route may be entirely different.

The last reachable system on the route is at hop The problem may be with the system at hop 18, or with the network connection between hops 17 and Or it may be on the return route. It's very possible that the routers at hop 17 and hop 18 have different return routes to your system.

The return route from 17 may work just fine, while the return route from 18 has a problem. That problem could be with that system, or it could be a totally different system, many hops away. It could even be a problem at your own ISP.

The only way to tell is to see the reverse trace. A reverse trace from hop 17 would be useful here as well, to verify that the routes are indeed different. Of course, it may be difficult or impossible to obtain traceroutes from those systems, because the network administrator at home.

In this case, you can try running traces to the target system from various other places use the list at traceroute. In the above example, if you knew what router was normally at hop 18 from seeing it in previous traces , you could try a trace to that router from another site. If your route to a server is very long, performance is going to suffer. A long route can be due to less-than-optimal configuration within some network along the way.

Take a look at this route:. In this example, both the source and destination of the trace are in the United States. Obviously, this is a problem; there are two transatlantic hops here which are completely unnecessary. Sprintlink is handing the traffic off to gip. Recall that the three numbers given on each line of output show the round trip times latency in milliseconds.

Smaller numbers generally mean better connections. As the latency of a connection inreases, interactive response suffers. Download speed can also suffer as a result of high latency due to TCP windowing , or as a result of whatever is actually causing that high latency. Typically, a modem connection's inherent latency will be around ms. The latency on an ISDN line is usually around ms. If you use a connection of this type, you won't see any better than these numbers.

It could be a saturated overused network link; a slow network link; an overloaded router; or some other problem at that hop. Of course, it could also be a problem anywhere on the return route from the high-latency hop as well. You can use the ping program described below to get a better idea of the latency as well as the packet loss to a given site or router; traceroute only does three probes per router by default , which isn't a very good sample on its own.

A jump in latency can also indicate a long hop, such as a cross-country link or one that crosses an ocean. A long line is naturally going to have higher latency than a short one. The link between hops 5 and 6 is transatlatic, and thus is adding more than 70ms to the latency. Certain ranges of IP addresses are reserved for private, non-Internet use. These address ranges are not assigned to anyone, and are open for use by any system.

They cannot be routed over the Internet, and thus are for internal use only. Sending traffic between private address space and outside networks must be done via internal routing or address translation. Private addresses should never be visible over the Internet. But, sometimes you will see them in traceroute output. If they appear within your local network, this is okay; private addresses inside your own network can be visible to you.

If, however, they appear within someone else's network, this can be problematic:. The private address In this case, though, it is the last visible address before the trace ends in timeouts. Visibility of private IP addresses doesn't necessarily or even usually mean that the route does not work. It is often simply the way the administrators of the target network have set up their system. In fact, the output above, despite the private IP address and the timeouts, shows a route that works perfectly well for web access.

However, a route which includes private addresses is difficult to troubleshoot. You can't ping the private routers to see if there is any packet loss. You can't trace directly to them from other sites. And in general, they show a certain level of cluelessness in how the network is set up.

All looks well until hop At that hop, the first packet is replied to from After that, hops 13, 14, and 15 are all showing the same address!

Since the response times are actually different, though, we can guess that they are, in reality, different systems. The trace ends normally at hop So what the heck is going on here? US West says this is a security measure, to hide the details of their internal network. The last few hops all return the address of the end-user's ADSL line, rather than their actual address.

Obviously, this makes any kind of troubleshooting of this connection next to impossible. If you encounter problems in this situation, the best you can do is contact the network provider and let them deal with it.

This is a routing loop. This usually means that one router has lost communication BGP with another, and thus has dropped that route. Since the router has lost the route it needs, it sends the packet back where it came from, thinking maybe that is the best route. That router knows better and sends it back to the other one, over and over.

Here's an example of a loop:. The ping program is used to determine whether a route is experiencing packet loss, and to measure latency. The output will consist of one line per ping one per second , giving you the round-trip response time RTT, or latency. The lower, the better. Note that if you can't traceroute to a system due to administrative blocking, you may not be able to ping it either. Let the pings go for a while, then press control-C to stop it.

You'll see a summary like this, on Unix:. First you see an indication of packet loss. The more loss you see, the worse your connection will be, because every lost packet on a data connection must be retransmitted. Let it go for a while. Latency times are important for performance; the lower the better. If you play online games like Quake you are probably familiar with this concept. For Usenet reading, this will matter most if you read news online, interactively, staying connected to the server the whole time.

If you use an offline newsreader which downloads articles all at once and lets you read them from your local disk, latency is much less important it can affect sustained download speeds, but that is beyond the scope of this document.

What the output is showing you is the minimum, average, and maximum latency times seen during the ping run. A few systems may include a fourth number showing the standard deviation. If you see packet loss on a connection, you can use ping with your traceroute output to find the source of the loss.

Start by pinging the next to last router in the trace. There is also an attention to detail on this table which is unparalleled in its class. The legs themselves open automatically when unlocked, which can make setting up the table from storage much easier.

As well, for safety, the corners of the table have protection which prevents injuries from sharp corners. With its red accents on its frame underneath a black table, the Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table offers a pizzazz which makes it stands out from the class of entry-level tables. Priced close to the middle of tables meant for recreational or beginning players, beyond its looks, the Arlington offers what is good, although basic table.

Compared to many tables made to be folded for storage, the Arlington can be commended for its relatively small storage size. Between its thinner frame elements and its dual-trolley system, this table compacts to fit in a two foot-wide space. While the table did require a bit of gentleness when opening and closing, being able to fit it into a tighter space when stored was attractive, especially for those who were putting the table into a closet or tight space when not in use.

Beyond storage and looks, there is not much that really stands out for this table. It is a well made table that offers comparable quality of play to other tables at its price point. The InstaPlay as its name implies is made for quick setup, which it manages with its easy to unlock safety latches.

With one press the latch holding each side releases, but these latches are still solid enough to not unlatch on its own. This table is a great choice for those wanting a nice table they can bring out when needed quickly and simply. Even then, it is debatable that these little things justify the difference in price between this table and other starter-level tables. The playing surface provides a fairly consistent bounce for a lower-end table, although it has painted lines on the table instead of the screen printed lines of other STIGA tables.

But considering that many high end tables have painted lines, this is really only a minor concern. This ping pong table also had another issue that had to do with how it folded to become a practice table. The sides when folded do not fold parallel with the net, causing returns to not be true when practicing. But for a basic table that can get you started on ping pong, the Triumph is a good table that is fairly cheap. Still, this is a tournament-level table that is built to last and it provides amenities that you will wonder how you did without once you have used them.

The STS has a 1 inch thick tournament standard playing surface finished to have a smooth finish that will last for years, providing a solid bounce and years of enjoyment.

Even more impressive is that this table is shipped ready to play out of the box, just requiring a couple of bolts and putting in the leg levelers. Many purchasers did feel the price was a little off-putting, but they tended to change their opinion once they saw the quality and durability of this ping pong table.

This ping pong table has an arched design to its legs and supports that is unique in the industry, especially in mobile tables. As well, the DSI security system allows you to easily open and close this ping pong table and prevent accidents while stored. The table is easy to store and move with this consideration and ideal for the committed ping pong player who does not have the space for a table at all times.

The biggest drawback to the Sport in most opinions is that it is priced a little higher than its equivalent tables on the market from other makers. Serious players will not see this as an issue, but those looking for a table for their family or the general player will probably not want to pay the premium for this table. STIGA is one of the oldest and most reputable table tennis companies in the world.

Established in , the company began making products for players just four years later. Despite the low price tag on this table, it meets the needs of most players and is strong enough for everyday games as well as tournaments. Designed specifically for indoor use, the Advantage has a vibrant blue surface that allows the white lines to really pop.

Those lines help you see where the ball lands and keep track of shots and know when one player or scored or knocked the ball out of bounds. This surface has a coated finish that retains its color and design as well as silkscreen stripes across the top that will last through years of games. While other tables require hours of set up and assembly, the Advantage is much easier to set up.

STIGA assembles most components of the table before shipping it to you, which lets you get to playing faster. Suitable for both larger and smaller homes, this is a model that you can leave out all the time or put it away for storage. When stored, the table takes up half the space that it usually requires. Both sides of the table fold up towards the center, while the casters on the bottom allow you to slide the table into any storage space such as a garage or basement.

If you want to practice and improve your skills without playing against a partner, you can fold up one side of the table to create a backboard.

If you are looking for a table you plan on using outdoors, it is important to get a table rated for outdoor play as it will resist warping from sun and moisture as well as be better able to withstand wind. With that in mind, here our the best outdoor tables in our opinion. Even considering this, this ping pong table is more than capable of outside play at a price which is very wallet friendly. The Nova Outdoor has a 30 millimeter steel tube frame and supports, making it more than able to handle what mother nature throws at it.

Atop this frame sits a 6 millimeter thick aluminum and plastic composite surface that is resistant to both weather and the chipping that can occur with play. Again, being a lighter table, it is doubtful that you will want to leave this table out when it is storming or windy, but fortunately the chassis of this table is wheeled in order to be moved easily if the need arose. It is weather resistance of an outdoor table with the playability of an indoor table.

Literally it is a table that can be used anywhere you have space for a ping pong table. This technology uses specially treated high-density wood that both resists water while providing the true bounce of an indoor table.

Many users pointed out that this table held up well in the face of the humidity of warmer southern states, which is not normal for a lot of wooden items. If there is an issue with the Advantage table, it would be that the leg adjustments were prone to breakage according to several reviewers. This can be very troubling for outdoor use as a completely level surface proves hard to find and being able to make those adjustments are integral.

Made from aluminum, this table can withstand all types of weather conditions, including both snow and rain. STIGA designed this table for fast set up. It takes just 10 minutes for you to set it up on your patio or lawn. Though this model comes folded, the legs have a self-folding design that allows you to quickly unfold the table and start a new game. Many players like that this model has a folding design because that allows them to store the table in a garage or an outdoor shed. You can also store it right on your patio and tuck it into a corner to save on storage space.

With a bright blue surface that features bold white lines, this table helps all players line up their shots. The two things that draw attention to this outdoor table are its light weight and edgy design. The MyT Street Edition table because of its light weight is much more mobile than the typical outdoor use table. The entire table weighs pounds and each side of the table separates for even easier movement of the table.

At the same time, the weight of the MyT Street might be a drawback as well as it seems to be more of a table that you store in a shed and take outside when wanted rather than a table that can sit outside full time. It at least would be a table that you would want to get put up in the face of storms, although the frame and surface appear solid enough to take some substantial punishment.

The most attractive feature of the Sport Outdoor Rollaway is the low profile of this table when stored, folding up to slightly more than two feet wide. This combined with its fairly light weight makes it an easy table to bring outside when the weather is agreeable. The playing surface is melamine resin, allowing for a light weight surface that plays closer to wood than most outdoor surfaces. Like most other outdoor tables made for easy storage, this table is ideal for sun porches or being kept in a shed or garage and brought out when needed.

This table can be used indoors easily as its price is comparable to mid-tier folding indoor tables. The Stiga Vapor Outdoor Table Tennis Table is a foldable ping pong table which has been treated to withstand outdoor conditions.

Its durable playing surface and frame are built to withstand a lot of use and can be a great table for the family to use for years. The playing surface of the Vapor is an aluminum plastic surface that has been painted. This allows the surface to resist warping that would occur potentially with wooden tables left in the elements.

It does not provide the same bounce as a wooden table and tends to play faster with shallower bounces. Much like the other foldable outdoor tables, its lighter weight might not make it able to handle wind or other stormy conditions. But even then, the construction should be sturdy enough to not bend if flipped. This ping pong table is more expensive than most other mobile outdoor tables, but for that money you get an incredible table. The intelligent design of the Sport M is not just limited to its frame though.

The table top is a 7 millimeter thick resin laminate surface which is coated with a special MATTOP finish that enables it to play like a thicker wooden surface, but still resist outdoor conditions. This table may not be tournament certified, but many reviewers commented on how close this table played to a conventional tournament surface that might be good enough for the rec room.

Much like the Sport M, it is a sturdy and easy to move ping pong table. The playing surface is a 5 millimeter laminate resin with a MATTOP finish, giving a decent bounce without the ball skidding of some outdoor surfaces. The frame is not as robust or curved as the M, but is still quite sturdy as it still uses galvanized steel that combines light weight and strength.

As well, this table sets up and stores quickly, as well as easy to roll on grass. The Sport S is a great outdoor table and while more expensive than the tables that rely on an aluminum and plastic table top, the quality of play on this table makes it worth it if you are looking for an outdoor table. Though not quite as solid as some of the indoor tables now available, the Outsider from Harvil is a good choice for those on a budget who want to play table tennis outside.

The Outsider is one of the only weather-resistant tables on the market, and it can withstand almost all weather conditions. It features a powder-coated steel frame and an aluminum top that will not rust.

As one of the more mobile models available, this table is easy to transport. It comes partially assembled and with legs that quickly fold down from the tabletop. Four of the legs on the bottom are solid, but four of those legs have casters that let you wheel the table and then lock the wheels down.

The Outsider comes with a net system that connects easily and comes off just as quickly before you fold and store the table. It also features a blue playing surface with clearly defined white lines that help you better keep track of the ball. While you can easily use this table indoors, it works great outdoors too. As much fun as you have playing table tennis in your rec room or living room, you may find that you have even more fun when you take the game outside.

Also called the Nova DX, this is a product that you can use during parties and when you just want to have some fun with family or friends. At nine-feet-long by five-feet-wide, the Nova is a tournament table that lets you enjoy the exciting feel of competitions in your own home and in the great outdoors.

Not only does this meet the standards imposed by professional table tennis organizations, but it has the seal of approval from USA Table Tennis, which is the group that holds tournaments across the country.

As an outdoor mode, the Nova features a thick playing surface that measures 6mm in size. This surface uses a composite material that mixes plastic with aluminum. In addition to giving you a completely smooth and flat playing surface, the Nova is easy to put together.

You can set this table up in just 15 minutes. The three-inch wheels used on four of the bottom legs make this table one of the easiest models to transport because those wheels evenly distribute the weight of the surface. This model has a laminate resin surface that measures five millimeters in size, which gives it the great bounce that indoor tables have and outdoor tables often lack.

The galvanized steel used in the construction of the table frame helps this one weigh less, which makes it easier to move. Large wheels in the center create a frame that helps with transportation too. Each of the wheels has a double design with a durable and notched tread. As a crossover ping pong table, the S works just as well for indoor play as it does for outdoor games. Its lightweight design and notched wheels allow players to move the table inside and out to set up games with ease.

Designed for those who take the game more seriously, it meets all the standards for both tournament and competition play. Players have the option of folding up just one side for practice sessions. This creates a flat surface that allows players to hit the ball against the wall and have the ball come right back to them.

The large wheels located on the bottom of the table are perfect for moving it while folded or while the surface is flat. Those wheels also lock in place to prevent the table from wobbling during games. Players lock and unlock the wheels with one foot.

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