What is Ping?

What is Ping or Pinging?

What is Ping?

Ping is a computer command that you can use to check if there is a connection (reach-ability) between two devices.

The name comes from active marine sonar terminology that sends a pulse of sound and listens for the echo to detect objects underwater.

When you “ping” a device you are asking your PC/device to send data (known as packets) to another device to check if there is connectivity between the two.

The ping command will tell you if the destination device is reachable.

This is a good tool to check if you have connectivity to a device or website.

By Pinging a website, you are checking if your have connectivity to the website and at the same time checking if your broadband is working.

You can ping an IP address, hostname or website address (e.g Ping google.com).

Every internet-enabled device (e.g PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc) has a unique IP address.

How to Ping

PING, is a diagnostic tool that tests connectivity between devices.

In this example, you will be checking if your device has connectivity to google.com.

If you don’t have connectivity to google, this would indicate a problem with your home broadband connection as that is the route your PC would take to connect to google.

On a Microsoft Windows PC

Press the Windows key+R on the keyboard and then click OK on the box that appears.
This will bring up the Command Prompt tool.
Type ping www.google.com

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On an Apple Mac

On an Apple Mac go to the ‘Network Utility’ app, choose ‘Ping’ and type ‘www.google.com’
How to Ping and Check your IP address configuration on a MAC

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