What is Ping and How Do I Use It?

ping is a software utility that allows you test if you can reach a host (such as another computer, or a website domain). It also measures the round-trip time between your computer and the host.

 

Windows:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Type ping hostname.domain.com or ping <IP Address>
  3. If you get a reply, it means that you are connected to the network and able to contact the computer you are attempting to communicate with.

 

macOS:

  1. Open Terminal.app
  2. Type ping hostname.domain.com or ping <IP Address>
  3. If you get a reply, it means that you are connected to the network and able to contact the computer you are attempting to communicate with.