How to ping an IP address or a hostname

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This is a quick step-by-step guide to performing how to ping an IP address or a hostname. Pings are useful for telling you the speed, strength, distance and availability of a connection, either in your own network or over the internet.

  1. Press “Windows key” -> type in search box “Command Prompt” -> Press Enter or Press “Windows key” +R -> type cmd¬† -> then click “OK”.

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2. This will bring up your command prompt. Simply enter the following to run a ping for a url or IP address of your choice, and hit enter.

ping <>

ping <ip address>

For example: ping or ping

how to ping an ip address

  • Reply from: By default, Microsoft Windows ping sends a series of four messages to the address. The program outputs a confirmation line for each response message received from the target computer.
  • Bytes: Each ping request is 32 bytes in size by default
  • Time: Ping reports the amount of time (in milliseconds) between the sending of requests and receipt of responses
  • TTL (Time-to-Live): A value between 1 and 128, TTL can be used to count how many different networks the ping messages passed through before reaching the target computer. A value of 128 indicates the device is on the local network, with 0 other networks in between.


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