Knowledgebase: Troubleshooting
How to ping another website or IP address
Posted by Innerplanet Sales on 26 March 2009 03:28 AM


Ping (also written as PING or ping) is a utility that you use to determine whether or not a specific IP address is accessible. Ping works by sending a packet to a specified address and waiting for a reply. Ping is used primarily to troubleshoot Internet connections and there are many freeware and shareware Ping utilities available for download.

On a Windows PC you can run Ping using a command prompt. To do this, go to the Windows Start button, choose Programs, then MSDOS Prompt. When you get the C: prompt, type ping followed by the destination server name or an IP address, for example, ping google.com. Note the space between ping and the domain name.

On a Vista computer it is a little different. Go to the start button on the bottom left side (normally it has a Windows logo).
Click run.
In the run box that pops up, type cmd
When you get the C: prompt, type ping followed by the destination server name or an IP address, for example, ping google.com. Note the space between ping and the domain name.

Ping will test the speed of your connection to the server and will tell you how long a packet (32 bytes in size) takes to go from your computer to the host and back to your computer again.

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