Obkio Vision Release: Free Visual Traceroute Tool

Alyssa Lamberti
Alyssa Lamberti Last updated on Mar 28, 2022

Obkio Vision Release: Free Visual Traceroute Tool

In Summary

After a year of hard work, Obkio is proud to announce the release of our brand new free Visual Traceroute tool! Learn about the story behind our new tool and how IT pros can leverage Obkio Vision visual traceroute tool to quickly identify and troubleshoot network and Internet problems faster than ever before.

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What is Obkio Vision?
What is Obkio Vision?

Obkio Vision is a free visual traceroute tool and IP route historic monitor created by Obkio that runs continuously to interpret Traceroute results for you and help troubleshoot network problems (in your WAN and over the Internet) faster and easier than ever.

The Story of Obkio Vision
The Story of Obkio Vision

With businesses moving to cloud-based applications, it increases the reliance on the Internet to deliver WAN traffic. Although optimal WAN performance is now more important than ever before, it’s always been a weak spot for IT teams when troubleshooting problems.

During the 20 years of experience working for telecom companies, Obkio’s team realized that most people had a lot of difficulty troubleshooting problems related to their WAN and over the Internet.

This would put the responsibility of troubleshooting on the ISP, which created a lot of back-and-forth ping-pong between clients and ISPs to resolve network and Internet problems.

To help people identify and troubleshoot Internet problems more easily, Obkio released 3 innovative Traceroute features in Obkio’s app. Those 3 include Live, Triggered and Historical Traceroutes.

When we noticed people had trouble interpreting the results of the traceroutes themselves (because traceroutes are an advanced tool), our team wrote a free 32-page Complete Guide to Traceroutes explaining how to interpret the results.

But, Obkio’s goal has always been to make network monitoring and troubleshooting as simple as possible. So, to simplify the process even more, Obkio worked for a year to create Obkio Vision.

Obkio Vision is the tool we always dreamed of! Vision is an advanced traceroute feature that interprets the traceroute results for users. And we wanted to offer this tool for free because we wanted to be able to help the community without creating any barriers.

Jean-François Lévesque, CEO @ Obkio

Obkio Vision’s Core Features
Obkio Vision’s Core Features

For years, Traceroutes have been the most popular tool to troubleshoot network problems. To modernize and simplify traceroutes, Obkio Vision interprets real data for you and identifies Internet and WAN problems more effectively.

Some of Obkio Vision’s next-generation features include:

1. The Quality Matrix
1. The Quality Matrix

Obkio Vision’s graphical diagram monitors multiple network destinations during a span of 3 hours. IP addresses can be used as destinations such as SaaS Websites, VoIP Providers, Network devices, etc.

Obkio Vision Quality Matrix

2. Network Map
2. Network Map

Obkio's graphical traceroute network map shows a visual representation of each network path to their destinations. Each router displays its own Quality Score to help pinpoint where network issues are located.

Users can also see history and route changes/flapping to troubleshoot past intermittent network issues or outages.

Obkio Vision Network Map

3. Traceroutes
3. Traceroutes

Obkio Vision included Obkio’s modern Traceroute feature to measure hop-by-hop core network metrics like packet loss, latency and jitter with wide time ranges (from 5 minutes to 3 hours).

Obkio Vision Traceroutes

The Benefits of Obkio Vision
The Benefits of Obkio Vision

Obkio was designed to simplify and modernize Traceroutes for easy troubleshooting. Here are some of the benefits.

  • Visual Real-Time Data Obkio Vision uses graphical elements to show you exactly where network problems are happening in your network. With real-time data updated every minute, you can be sure to catch network problems as soon as they’re happening.

  • Interprets Traceroutes for you Traceroutes are an advanced tool, so they can be difficult to interpret at the beginning. Obkio Vision takes the guesswork out of Traceroute data by interpreting the results for you with alerts about what problems are affecting your network and where.

  • Share Data with ISPs Obkio Vision collects data about network problems like packet loss, jitter, and latency that you can share with your ISP for faster troubleshooting. With concrete proof of network problems, your ISPs support can’t just tell you to reboot your modem this time!

How to Use Obkio Vision
How to Use Obkio Vision

Obkio Vision can be used as a standalone free Visual Traceroute tool to make it available to as many people as possible.

Download and use Obkio Vision for quick network troubleshooting for Windows, macOS and Linux.

You can also use Obkio Vision as a complementary feature with Obkio’s full Network Monitoring & Troubleshooting SaaS solution along with a variety of other Network Monitoring features.

Get started with Obkio’s 14-day free trial!

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