CCNA 1 Module 13 Quiz – ICMP Answers

1. What is a function of the tracert command that differs from the ping command when they are used on a workstation?

  • The tracert command reaches the destination faster.
  • The tracert command shows the information of routers in the path.
  • The tracert command sends one ICMP message to each hop in the path.
  • The tracert command is used to test the connectivity between two devices.

Explanation: The tracert command sends three pings to each hop (router) in the path toward the destination and displays the domain name and IP address of hops from their responses. Because tracert uses the ping command, the travel time is the same as a standalone ping command. The primary function of a standalone ping command is to test the connectivity between two hosts.

2. Which ICMP message is used by the traceroute utility during the process of finding the path between two end hosts?

  • redirect
  • ping
  • time exceeded
  • destination unreachable

Explanation: Traceroute progressively increments the TTL (IPv4) or hop limit (IPv6) field (1, 2, 3, 4…) for sending sequence of ping commands. When a router senses that the TTL or hop limit is 0, it will discard the packet and send a time exceeded message to the source of the traceroute. The returned message contains the IP address of the router that discarded the packet. Hence the traceroute utility learns the address of the router. This process continues and provides the trace with the address of each hop (router) as the packets continue traveling through routers to reach the destination.

3. Which two things can be determined by using the ping command? (Choose two.)

  • the number of routers between the source and destination device
  • the IP address of the router nearest the destination device
  • the average time it takes a packet to reach the destination and for the response to return to the source
  • the destination device is reachable through the network
  • the average time it takes each router in the path between source and destination to respond

Explanation:ping command provides feedback on the time between when an echo request was sent to a remote host and when the echo reply was received. This can be a measure of network performance. A successful ping also indicates that the destination host was reachable through the network.

4. Which statement describes a characteristic of the traceroute utility?

  • It sends four Echo Request messages.
  • It utilizes the ICMP Source Quench messages.
  • It is primarily used to test connectivity between two hosts.
  • It identifies the routers in the path from a source host to a destination host.

Explanation: Traceroute is a utility that generates a list of hops (or routers) along the path from a source host to the destination host.

5. Which utility uses the Internet Control Messaging Protocol (ICMP)?

  • RIP
  • DNS
  • ping
  • NTP

Explanation: ICMP is used by network devices to send error messages.

6. A network administrator can successfully ping the server at www.cisco.com, but cannot ping the company web server located at an ISP in another city. Which tool or command would help identify the specific router where the packet was lost or delayed?

  • ipconfig
  • netstat
  • telnet
  • traceroute

Explanation: The traceroute command provides connectivity information about the path a packet takes to reach the destination and about every router (hop) along the way. It also indicates how long a packet takes to get from the source to each hop and back.

7. Which protocol is used by IPv4 and IPv6 to provide error messaging?

  • ICMP
  • NDP
  • ARP
  • DHCP

Explanation: ICMP is used by IPv4 and IPv6 to provide for messages to be sent in the event of certain errors and for informational purposes.

8. What message is sent by a host to check the uniqueness of an IPv6 address before using that address?

  • neighbor solicitation
  • ARP request
  • echo request
  • router solicitation

Explanation: In IPv6, Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) is used in place of ARP. An IPv6 host performs DAD by sending a neighbor solicitation (NS) message to its own IPv6 address to ensure the uniqueness of the address prior to using it.

9. A technician is troubleshooting a network where it is suspected that a defective node in the network path is causing packets to be dropped. The technician only has the IP address of the end point device and does not have any details of the intermediate devices. What command can the technician use to identify the faulty node?

  • tracert
  • ping
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • ipconfig /displaydns

Explanation: The ping command is used to verify connectivity to a device,the commands ipconfig /flushdns will cause the adapter to flush the DNS cache, while ipconfig / displaydns will result in the display of the DNS information in the cache.

10. A user who is unable to connect to the file server contacts the help desk. The helpdesk technician asks the user to ping the IP address of the default gateway that is configured on the workstation. What is the purpose for this ping command?

  • to obtain a dynamic IP address from the server
  • to request that gateway forward the connection request to the file server
  • to test that the host has the capability to reach hosts on other networks
  • to resolve the domain name of the file server to its IP address

Explanation: The ping command is used to test connectivity between hosts. The other options describe tasks not performed by ping. Pinging the default gateway will test whether the host has the capability to reach hosts on its own network and on other networks.

11. A user calls to report that a PC cannot access the internet. The network technician asks the user to issue the command ping 127.0.0.1 in a command prompt window. The user reports that the result is four positive replies. What conclusion can be drawn based on this connectivity test?

  • The PC can access the network. The problem exists beyond the local network.
  • The IP address obtained from the DHCP server is correct.
  • The PC can access the Internet. However, the web browser may not work.
  • The TCP/IP implementation is functional.

Explanation: The ping 127.0.0.1 command is used to verify that the TCP/IP stack is functional. It verifies the proper operation of the protocol stack from the network layer to physical layer, without sending a signal on the media. That is, this test does not go beyond the PC itself. For example, it does not detect whether a cable is connected to the PC or not.

12. Which command can be used to test connectivity between two devices using echo request and echo reply messages?

  • netstat
  • traceroute
  • ICMP
  • ping

Explanation: Ping is used to test connectivity between end devices. It can be used with both IPv4 and IPv6. Ping uses the ICMP protocol which issues an echo request/echo reply. Traceroute is a command used on a router. Netstat is used to display the local routing table.

13. What field content is used by ICMPv6 to determine that a packet has expired?

  • TTL field
  • CRC field
  • Hop Limit field
  • Time Exceeded field

Explanation: ICMPv6 sends a Time Exceeded message if the router cannot forward an IPv6 packet because the packet expired. The router uses a hop limit field to determine if the packet has expired, and does not have a TTL field.

14. Which protocol provides feedback from the destination host to the source host about errors in packet delivery?

  • ARP
  • BOOTP
  • DNS
  • ICMP

Explanation: The ICMP protocol operates at Layer 3 of the OSI model, which is the Internet layer of the TCP/IP model. ICMP encapsulates the ping and traceroute commands.


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