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How to run a PING test
Posted by Joe Rebis (Import) on 03 January 2007 09:23 PM

A PING test will tell you the IP address for a given domain name. e.g. www.ephost.com. It can also be used to measure latency of a request. However, it should be noted that latency may be incorrect because PING requests are sometimes blocked or given a lower priority on routers.

How to run a PING test on a Windows based PC:

Click Start >> Click Run >> Type: CMD >> Click Go >> Type: PING www.some-domain-name.com

* Don't actually write "TYPE:" and be sure to replace "www.some-domain-name.com" with the domain you would like to test. MAC users can use the "terminal" ultility in OS X.

PING Definition: A utility used to determine whether a particular computer is currently connected to the Internet, the time it tikes to make the request and if there was any packet loss. It works by sending a packet to the specified IP address and waiting for a reply. Each line in your request actually performes 3 tests and then summerizes the average times. It is often used to determine latency/speed/packet loss of a particular connection. Unfortunately, many factors can influence the these times and as such are not always 100% accurate in determinning the latency. For instance, some firewalls/routers may prohibit ping requests, prioritize ping packets so that they receive less attention or simply be malfunctioning causing packet loss. Additionally, many people use a ping test to see if their website is "up". This too is somewhat incorrect, since the device (server) in which your website is hosted may respond to a request but the website is not actually functioning. This is due to the fact that pings operate on a different protocal than HTTP.

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