Review: – DNS and Peering Tool

I needed to test some DNS configurations today and came across the an fulsome tool for gathering information about your websites, you hosting provider and their connectivity. AND it still has some amazing DNS, Blacklist and Peering information. Here with is a pictorial on the function of the website.

Head on over the Robtex

A map showing DNS resolution and Peering AS

This is an treasure of information. I can see my hostname and domain being resolved and then the IP addresses and the BGP AS is shown.

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Showing the DNS resolution to IP adddress and BGP AS.(Click for a full size image)

and clicking on the IP object gives you a map of the Peer Connectivity.

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Peer Connectivity to Public internet for for a full size image)

Check DNS configuration and

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Check Blacklists

Selecting the tab at the top will automatically do a lookup on most of the Blacklist providers to tell you if your domain is listed for bad behaviour.

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Check domain and IP status in the open Blacklists. (Click for a full size image)

The Etherealmind View

This is an amazing tool. Since I only need to access this type of information once or twice a year I don’t keep up with the latest tools and techniques. Having the information presented in compact, and hyperlinked form that can model the IP address, the domain name, the BGP AS, and map the connectivity between all the different elements is astonishing.

Click those ads to give something back to the creator of this software.

For Interest Check these out

Cisco’s connectivity:

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Cisco's Connectivity. (Click for a full size image)

and the HP connectivity looks like a mess. I wouldn’t want to be troubleshooting this.

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HP Connectivity goes all over the place. (Click for a full size image)

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

You can contact Greg via the site contact page.

  • PG

    ROFL, HP might want to fix their own network before trying to take on Cisco in the networking space :)

    Nice tool, I have bookmarked it!

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  • Gordon Jenkins

    NSA, Bluffdale, Utah, go FUCK YOURSELVES TWICE AS HARD!!

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