How to Perform a Ping Test

Networking

How to Perform a Ping Test

Pinging is a method used to test the accessibility of a device through IP addresses and then measure the time it takes to receive the "echo" of the information sent.

Windows 7
  • On your desktop, click the Windows Icon  to pull up the Start Menu
  • In the Search Bar type in: cmd
    • An option to run the program cmd.exe should appear
  • Open the program (a black box will appear)
  • Type in: ping -t 8.8.8.8 and press Enter
  • A continuous "ping" should begin to show the latency (in seconds/miliseconds) from the IP address used - in this case a Google Public DNS
Windows 8

  • Press the Windows Button  to pull up Start
  • Begin typing: cmd
  • Start will pull up the "app" Command Prompt
  • Click on the icon to open the program (a black box will appear)
  • Type in: ping -t 8.8.8.8 and press Enter
  • A continuous "ping" should begin to show the latency (in seconds/miliseconds) from the IP address used - in this case a Google Public DNS


Mac OS X

  • Open the program Terminal
    • This can be done by:
      • Opening Launchpad 
      • Terminal may be located in the Utilities Folder
  • Type in: ping 8.8.8.8 and press Enter
  • A continuous "ping" should begin to show the latency (in seconds/miliseconds) from the IP address used - in this case a Google Public DNS



Note:

The use of IP addresses and Domain Names for performing Ping tests are interchangeable.
  • e.g. Both ping 8.8.8.8 and ping www.google.com can be used.

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