This article shows you how to use Ping in Microsoft Windows. If you're not using Windows, the same steps can be applied to other Ping applications.
Run Ping command
Now there are three mainstream operating systems. They are Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You can run the ping program from the shell command line of the operating system. Ping computers can be sent through IP addresses or names. You can use IP address to Ping computer.
- Open a shell prompt (in Microsoft Windows, the Command Prompt or MS-DOS Prompt on the Start Menu).
- Type ping followed by a space and then the IP address.
- Press the Enter (or Return) key.
Explain the result of Ping
- Reply from: By default, Microsoft Windows Ping sends four messages to this address. The program outputs the confirmation row for each response message received from the target computer.
- Bytes: By default, the size of each Ping request is 32 bytes.
- Time: Ping reports the amount of time between sending requests and receiving responses (in milliseconds).
- TTL: It is the abbreviation of Time to Live. TTL is between 1 and 128 and can be used to calculate the number of networks that Ping messages pass through before reaching the target computer. The value 128 indicates that the device is on the local network and there are 0 other networks.
How to run Ping continuously
On some computers that use Linux, the standard ping command does not stop running after four request attempts, but runs until the user finishes it. This is very useful for those who want to monitor the status of network connections over a longer period of time.
If you are using the Windows operating system, type Ping -t instead of Ping on the command line. You can start the program in this continuous running mode and use the Control-C key to stop it.