Ping is used diagnostically to ensure that a host computer the user is trying to reach is actually operating. Ping works by sending an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Echo Request to a specified interface on the network and waiting for a reply. Ping can be used for troubleshooting to test connectivity and determine response time.
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As a verb, ping means "to get the attention of" or "to check for the presence of" another party online. The computer acronym (for Packet Internet or Inter-Network Groper) was contrived to match the submariners' term for the sound of a returned sonar pulse.
Tip: To find out the dot address (such as 188.8.131.52) for a given domain name, Windows users can go to their command prompt screen (start/run/cmd) and enter ping xxxxx.yyy (where xxxxx is the second-level domain name like "whatis" and yyy is the top-level domain name like "com").
|Getting started with ping|
|To explore how ping is used in the enterprise, here are additional resources:|
|Permitting Ping: ICMP Exceptions: Ping is a crucial security tool for any network admin. Read Mark Minasi's thoughts on ping in this excerpt from his book, "Mastering Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2."|
|Using ping command for troubleshooting Windows network connectivity: Using ping command for troubleshooting networks will narrow down the causes of your Windows PC connectivity problems from the command line (CL) prompt window. The introduction to this TCP/IP diagnostic utility will give you an understanding and syntax of how ping works, plus what it means when your ping request times out or reaches a network host.|
|What Ping doesn't tell you: Ping distinguishes certain states of network functionality that are the cornerstones of everyday network troubleshooting. Learn how to gain greater insight into your network.|