A dedicated or virtual private server, a website or a separate network node, a remote computer or a printer - with all of them sometimes you need to make sure they are functioning and connecting "to the world" properly. To do this is easy: you need the ping command at the command line. What is it and how else can it be used? Read about it in our article!
To be precise, the ping command is a special utility written by Mike Muuss in 1983. It is designed to evaluate connections in TCP/IP-based networks and works with so-called echo requests. It's a small data packet that you send to the address you're interested in and wait for the answer, the echo, which in turn allows you to make some conclusions about the health of the host. This check, unofficially known as pinging, is very simple and functional and can be used for many tasks:
The ping command, as already mentioned, is very easy to use - both on Windows and Unix systems. Although each of these operating systems has its own nuances and should be mentioned separately.
The procedure for checking the communication with a website, server, remote device, etc. on any "Windows" includes essentially three steps:
The working principle of this utility is the same in these operating systems, although there are differences from version to version (e.g. the order of the additional parameters in relation to the main ones). The whole test is performed in the same three steps:
The ping command in the Windows command line or in the Unix terminal can be modified for a specific task with the help of those keys. They are additional characters to adjust the parameters you want, and you enter them between ping and the domain/IP name by themselves or together with the desired value. There are quite a few of them, therefore we will give only a few popular ones for "Windows":
It is important to note that you can specify several additional keys in one line when forming queries. This may look like this: ping -l 1024 -w 10000 site.com (here you create a ping with packets of 1024 bytes and an interval of 10 seconds).
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