David Schwartz
Fri Oct 15 18:54:56 1999

	Without knowing the initial TTL value of the ping, the number means
nothing. If you know the initial TTL value, and subtract from that the
output TTL value, the result is approximately the number of hops the ping
took. Must UNIXes set their initial TTL to 255.

	(For the record, most of this information is in 'man ping'.)


> Anyone know what the TTL means when you ping someone?
> I also noticed that my TTL is in the 200's while every other customer I
> ping is in the 100's
> even my win98 computer on the same cable modem is in the 100's
> i think it stands for time to live...but that doesn't seem to
> tell me much.....