telnet with a certain route

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http://www.unix.com – OS : *NIX Shell : any I want to test telnet for a certain port on a certain machine, but via a VIP which is in front of that machine. Basically I want to follow the same route as the application does. Is there any possiblility to force telnet to follow a certain route (via the VIP I mentioned) ? I must mention that by default telnet from the local host to destination follows a direct route that doesn't include the VIP. ...Or any other way to check the connection between 2 machines on a certain port (and a certain route - via a VIP ) ? (HowTos)