How to ping an IP Address?

The term comes from sonar technology, which sends out a sound wave and then listens for a ping (or echoes) in return. The Ping command allows you to test the connection speed between you and another network mode.

Ping is a computer network administration utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network and to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer.

This will teach you how to use the Ping command on any system.

PROCESS 1: Steps to executing a ping network test:


Step-1 Type “cmd” to bring up the Command Prompt.
Step-2 Open the Command Prompt.
Step-3 Type “ping” in the black box and hit the space bar.
Step-4 Type the IP address you’d like to ping (e.g., 192.XXX.X.X).
Step-5 Review the ping results displayed.

PROCESS 2: Ping an IP Address in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux:


Step-1 Open the Command Prompt or Terminal.

You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T to open the terminal.
Step-2 Enter the Ping command.
Step-3 Type hostname or IP address.

To ping the IP address, type ping
Step-4 Press Enter to see your ping output.
Step-5 See the lower section for how to read the output.

PROCESS 3: Reading Ping Output for IP Address:


Step-1 Read the first line because the first line tells you what the command is doing.
Step-2 Pinging [] with 32 bites of data.
Step-3 Read the body of the output.
Step-4 You may need to press Ctrl + C to stop pinging.
Step-5 After the operation is completed a summary of the results will be displayed.

PROCESS 4: Ping an IP Address from a Chromebook:


Step-1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + T keys on your keyboard.
Step-2 Type “ping” or “ping” to test your connection with Google.
Step-3 Press Enter on your keyboard.
Step-4 Your Chromebook will now initiate a series of connection tests.

PROCESS 5: Ping an IP Address using Network Utility:


Step-1 Open the Network Utility and open your Applications folder and select Utilities.
Step-2 Click on the tab and specify a hostname.
Step-3 Set how many pings you want to send.
Step-4 Click Ping when you are ready and the output will be displayed in the lower part of the window.
Step-5 Press Enter to see your ping output.

PROCESS 6: Ping an IP Address using cmd.exe:


Step-1 Open your windows and start menu.
Step-2 Type the letters “cmd” into the Search box and hit Enter.
Step-3 It may ask you to run cmd.exe, commonly referred to as the “Command Prompt” interface.
Step-4 Enter “ping” and press Enter.

What happens when you ping an IP address?

The “ping”—a data packet—is sent out to an IP address. Transmitted over the network’s switch and router, the data packet arrives at the device with the specified address. Upon receipt of the packet, the pinged device returns a response—called the “pong.”

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