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Why would ping give me fast rtt values, but take a long time for each response to come back?

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http://serverfault.com – I've got a bit of a basic networking question here regarding ping. When pinging a particular host on a completely different subnet, I get a response like this: PING myhost.example.com (1.2.3.4) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 1.2.3.4: icmp_req=1 ttl=115 time=1.88 ms 64 bytes from 1.2.3.4: icmp_req=2 ttl=115 time=1.66 ms 64 bytes from 1.2.3.4: icmp_req=3 ttl=115 time=1.96 ms 64 bytes from 1.2.3.4: icmp_req=4 ttl=115 time=1.95 ms --- myhost.example.com ping statistics --- 4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 48191ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1.669/1.868/1.969/0.127 ms Th (HowTos)