Example -

Code:
Tracing route to speedguide.net [68.67.73.20]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    32 ms     9 ms     9 ms  10.96.224.1
  2     8 ms    11 ms    13 ms  ies2051242.wrrnme04-rtr001.ne.northeast.rr.com [
24.31.156.244]
  3    15 ms    13 ms    13 ms  g10-7-2-0.ptldmehx-rtr001.ne.northeast.rr.com [2
04.210.69.198]
  4    25 ms    21 ms    23 ms  rdc-204-210-69-49.ne.northeast.rr.com [204.210.6
9.49]
  5    33 ms    31 ms    31 ms  107.14.19.26
  6    32 ms    31 ms    31 ms  ae-0-0.pr0.nyc30.tbone.rr.com [66.109.6.159]
  7    32 ms    33 ms    33 ms  xe-5-0-6.ar2.ewr1.us.nlayer.net [69.31.94.57]
  8    31 ms    31 ms    70 ms  ae7-40g.cr1.nyc2.us.nlayer.net [69.31.34.126]
  9    53 ms    58 ms    59 ms  xe-4-1-1.cr1.atl1.us.nlayer.net [69.22.142.140]

 10    54 ms    51 ms    53 ms  ae1-40g.ar1.atl1.us.nlayer.net [69.31.135.130]
 11    56 ms    57 ms    55 ms  atl-10ge-1-1.jax01.gorack.net [69.31.135.26]
 12    55 ms    55 ms    60 ms  speedguide.net [68.67.73.20]

Trace complete.
You can see that the very first ping is 32ms 9ms 9 ms, I would like to know why if anyone knows.


I'm also curious if there are any tweaks I could do to hopefully get me better ping

Code:
 SpeedGuide.net TCP Analyzer Results  
Tested on: 2012.03.15 23:46 
IP address: 72.224.xxx.xx 
Client OS/browser: Windows 7 (Firefox 11.0) 
 
TCP options string: 020405b40103030201010402 
MSS: 1460 
MTU: 1500 
TCP Window: 65700 (multiple of MSS) 
RWIN Scaling: 2 bits (2^2=4) 
Unscaled RWIN : 16425 
Recommended RWINs: 64240, 128480, 256960, 513920, 1027840 
BDP limit (200ms): 2628kbps (329KBytes/s)
BDP limit (500ms): 1051kbps (131KBytes/s) 
MTU Discovery: ON 
TTL: 53 
Timestamps: OFF 
SACKs: ON 
IP ToS: 00000000 (0)
thanks in advance.