Star Wars features in a nerdy internet traceroute

Here at EFTM we know how important Star Wars is to the fans, It’s featured in several guest “top 3 movies of all time” and we know the work...

Here at EFTM we know how important Star Wars is to the fans, It’s featured in several guest “top 3 movies of all time” and we know the work that went into valuing the real cost of the Death Star.  Perhaps though as far as nerdy fandom goes this homage to Star Wars by a networking guru might just take the cake.

For the uninitiated, every device connected to the internet has a unique number – an IP Address.  That IP Address is the unique address which allows all those bits and bytes to circulate the internet and get to you or wherever they are intended.

To travel around the internet, every request for data (like typing a webpage address) goes through a huge number of stops in a split second to ensure it gets there efficiently and of course to ensure it actually makes it to the right place.

In true nerdy style you can actually view the route taken to get from your computer to any destination in the world – by simply typing “Traceroute” followed by the “IP Address” of the computer at the other end.

What you get is a long list of hops and stops along the way.  First your computer, then your home router, then your ISP for a few stops, then out onto the big wide internet before making its way down to the final destination.

The stops along the way are normally quite boring.  Here’s where it gets interesting.  One of the Star Wars geeks at Beagle Networks has taken a little time out of their day to route a bit of traffic through certain devices or stops – and given each of those stops  a very specific name.

Let’s take a look:

traceroute to 216.81.59.173 (216.81.59.173), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1  192.168.1.1 (192.168.1.1)  0.467 ms  0.324 ms  0.260 ms
 2  1x.xx.xx.xx (1xx.xx.xx.xx)  19.245 ms
    58x.xx.xx.xxx(5X.XX.XX.XX (removed to protect my network! / Trevor Long)  10.481 ms  7.527 ms
 3  5x.xx.xxx.xxx (5x.xx.xxx.xx)  17.038 ms  17.129 ms  9.085 ms
 4  172.18.239.233 (172.18.239.233)  27.174 ms  27.045 ms  23.966 ms
 5  bundle-ether15.ken43.sydney.telstra.net (110.142.193.141)  12.981 ms  13.582 ms  11.624 ms
 6  bundle-ether9.ken-core4.sydney.telstra.net (203.50.11.30)  13.975 ms  23.558 ms  11.751 ms
 7  bundle-ether1.pad-gw2.sydney.telstra.net (203.50.6.29)  9.305 ms  13.655 ms  11.836 ms
 8  203.50.13.114 (203.50.13.114)  10.199 ms  29.545 ms  10.410 ms
 9  i-0-3-0-0.paix-core01.bx.telstraglobal.net (202.84.140.117)  149.188 ms  149.164 ms  172.271 ms
10  i-0-0-0-5.paix02.bi.telstraglobal.net (202.84.251.18)  154.278 ms  146.535 ms  149.822 ms
11  * * *
12  10gigabitethernet9-3.core1.sjc2.he.net (72.52.92.70)  158.139 ms  160.442 ms  170.295 ms
13  10gigabitethernet5-3.core1.lax2.he.net (184.105.213.5)  165.241 ms  166.848 ms  165.585 ms
14  10gigabitethernet2-3.core1.phx2.he.net (184.105.222.85)  176.950 ms  182.992 ms  176.386 ms
15  10gigabitethernet5-3.core1.dal1.he.net (184.105.222.78)  202.240 ms  198.857 ms  195.502 ms
16  10gigabitethernet5-4.core1.atl1.he.net (184.105.213.114)  216.579 ms  227.235 ms  225.595 ms
17  216.66.0.26 (216.66.0.26)  216.023 ms  233.097 ms  215.915 ms
18  * * *
(Here's where it gets interesting)
19  episode.iv (206.214.251.1)  251.742 ms  266.521 ms  255.707 ms
20  a.new.hope (206.214.251.6)  263.870 ms  254.669 ms  251.729 ms
21  it.is.a.period.of.civil.war (206.214.251.9)  256.740 ms  264.679 ms  262.910 ms
22  rebel.spaceships (206.214.251.14)  256.333 ms  258.213 ms  257.637 ms
23  striking.from.a.hidden.base (206.214.251.17)  253.217 ms  262.795 ms  253.278 ms
24  have.won.their.first.victory (206.214.251.22)  256.429 ms  261.245 ms  255.262 ms
25  against.the.evil.galactic.empire (206.214.251.25)  252.918 ms  262.643 ms  252.307 ms
26  during.the.battle (206.214.251.30)  252.923 ms  256.093 ms  252.355 ms
27  rebel.spies.managed (206.214.251.33)  256.726 ms  263.554 ms  252.612 ms
28  to.steal.secret.plans (206.214.251.38)  257.709 ms  255.780 ms  257.558 ms
29  to.the.empires.ultimate.weapon (206.214.251.41)  256.351 ms  258.877 ms  256.668 ms
30  the.death.star (206.214.251.46)  259.169 ms  253.935 ms  256.381 ms
31  an.armored.space.station (206.214.251.49)  251.462 ms  255.309 ms  254.547 ms
32  with.enough.power.to (206.214.251.54)  263.200 ms  254.648 ms  252.242 ms
33  destroy.an.entire.planet (206.214.251.57)  265.696 ms  252.753 ms  251.513 ms
34  pursued.by.the.empires (206.214.251.62)  253.296 ms  254.501 ms  262.156 ms
35  sinister.agents (206.214.251.65)  257.060 ms  254.918 ms  254.954 ms
36  princess.leia.races.home (206.214.251.70)  252.155 ms  259.746 ms  261.278 ms
37  aboard.her.starship (206.214.251.73)  257.709 ms  256.007 ms  252.087 ms
38  custodian.of.the.stolen.plans (206.214.251.78)  253.283 ms  262.404 ms  258.335 ms
39  that.can.save.her (206.214.251.81)  255.395 ms  265.889 ms  252.135 ms
40  people.and.restore (206.214.251.86)  257.109 ms  263.717 ms  257.302 ms
41  freedom.to.the.galaxy (206.214.251.89)  256.563 ms  255.781 ms  256.288 ms
42  0-------------------0 (206.214.251.94)  273.322 ms  252.772 ms  255.758 ms
43  0------------------0 (206.214.251.97)  257.834 ms  261.888 ms  257.004 ms
44  0-----------------0 (206.214.251.102)  261.184 ms  255.880 ms  251.683 ms
45  0----------------0 (206.214.251.105)  257.287 ms  256.745 ms  257.793 ms
46  0---------------0 (206.214.251.110)  255.783 ms  259.427 ms  255.207 ms
47  0--------------0 (206.214.251.113)  256.184 ms  255.260 ms  258.448 ms
48  0-------------0 (206.214.251.118)  260.707 ms  257.186 ms  254.242 ms
49  0------------0 (206.214.251.121)  257.083 ms  257.964 ms  260.834 ms
50  0-----------0 (206.214.251.126)  254.478 ms  263.215 ms  257.579 ms
51  0----------0 (206.214.251.129)  254.775 ms  255.097 ms  252.326 ms
52  0---------0 (206.214.251.134)  280.076 ms  264.503 ms  252.008 ms
53  0--------0 (206.214.251.137)  263.479 ms  253.130 ms  254.686 ms
54  0-------0 (206.214.251.142)  253.453 ms  260.761 ms  253.264 ms
55  0------0 (206.214.251.145)  255.631 ms  297.516 ms  257.008 ms
56  0-----0 (206.214.251.150)  270.275 ms  260.922 ms  254.476 ms
57  0----0 (206.214.251.153)  259.527 ms  258.659 ms  256.256 ms
58  0---0 (206.214.251.158)  257.505 ms  256.252 ms  256.578 ms
59  0--0 (206.214.251.161)  256.734 ms  265.347 ms  262.121 ms
60  0-0 (206.214.251.166)  257.162 ms  258.006 ms  256.588 ms
61  00 (206.214.251.169)  258.769 ms  259.464 ms  257.424 ms
62  i (206.214.251.174)  257.491 ms  253.937 ms  257.034 ms
63  by.ryan.werber (206.214.251.177)  256.849 ms  253.046 ms  276.437 ms
64  when.ccies.get.bored (206.214.251.182)  253.068 ms  257.327 ms  262.596 ms

Those lines, from 19-41 you might recognise. They are the words that appear on-screen after the all important “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..” In what was the original – Episode IV – Star Wars.

Episode IV, A NEW HOPE It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy….

Full Credit to Ryan Werber, he’s done a great job with this one!

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