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Computer program for detecting viable TCP/IP port-based communications pathway between two endpoints

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010356D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-21

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This article describes a program and method for testing TCP/IP connectivity between two computers through arbitrarily complex networks. It goes beyond the seminal "ping" by having two configurable endpoints to listen to and/or send data on arbitrary ports and report the success or failure of transmission.