Inconsistent ability to connect to server

Hey all- relatively inexperienced so I may be missing something dumb. I set up a basic LAMP server and for around an hour wasn’t able to access it through pinging, putty, or using online SSH testers.

Then, all of a sudden, I was able to putty in. I set up MYSQL and configured a single PHP page, which I and a friend were able to access.

I took a break, and now I cannot access my server again, through any method. Can any advise? Thanks!

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Hello, @trexmix

It will be the best to perform a traceroute test to your droplet/server and see if you’re able to reach your server or see where the connection is being dropped.

See the instructions bellow for Mac, Windows and Linux:

Note that in our examples you will need to replace with your actual domain name.

Windows For Windows 7 and older:

Open Start menu -> Click Run -> Type cmd and press Enter.

In the command prompt type tracert and press Enter.

For Windows 8.x and newer:

Use the search window, type command prompt and click on the Command Prompt result.



and press Enter.

This will provide traceroute results from your computer to You can also use tracert with an IP, i.e. tracert

For more information on how to copy and paste the traceroute results, please check this article.

Mac OS You need to open up Terminal, located under Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and type:


and press Enter.

Alternatively, you can go to the Applications folder -> Utilities -> Network Utility -> Traceroute and specify your domain or IP address.

You can also use traceroute with an IP, i.e. traceroute

Linux Open a Terminal window and type:

traceroute -I

The -I option is necessary so that the traceroute uses ICMP. You can also use traceroute with an IP, i.e.

traceroute -I

You can also contact our support team and provide them with the result of the traceroute command and they will check this for you.

It will be good to test the connectivity from multiple locations using different broadband connection (if possible) in order to check if the issue is related with your ISP.

Hope this helps!

Regards, Alex