It sounds like your schools computers are 'restricted,' which is a good thing. (for several obvious reasons). Also, if after 9 hops it can't get anything afterwards sounds like it found a 'configured' router. Meaning, security is in place or just configured 'properly.' ;)
Ok well while connected to this network, i can't do traceroute, or ping, or use a diff. proxy to connect to the internet. I'm guessing itz cuz there's a firewall, and its blocking direct access to the internet unless u go through the school proxy. Is this right do u think?
Is this right do u think? or have they actually blocked pinging and tracerouting? Cuz i've tried tracerouting to the mail server at school from home, but after 9 hops, it can't get anything afterwards.