A low maxttl causes traceroute to halt before reaching the destination address

Executing traceroute with its default values for a destination IP address that is four hops away produces a result similar to this:

A completed traceroute enquiry

Continuing from the previous Example: (A completed traceroute enquiry), executing traceroute with an insufficient maxttl for the actual hop count produces an output similar to this:

Incomplete traceroute because of low maxttl setting