Please understand I am not talking about Vonage or Skype calls. That's for another conversation.
What we are going to do here is employ a new Web-based Visual Trace Route tool run by a site called YouGetSignal.com.
Based in the Los Angeles area, YouGetSignal takes your site page request, and then mashes it up with Google Maps to show you how many hops the request took before it reaches the site you have selected.
Not only how many hops, but what hops. These intermediary hops can also unmask various hosting services these sites use.
Not only how many hops, and what hops, but how fast it takes. In theory, at least, that would have an influence on how fast the page loads that you are requesting.
OK, let's fire this one up.
Vonage, you go first:
OK, Vonage, what took you so long? More than 36 seconds and nine hops! Well, at least we know they use Level 3.