Knowledgebase: DNS and Domain
How do I ping a domain name from my computer?
Posted by Support on 19 April 2010 04:41 PM
The PING command is used to test the connection and latency between two network connections. These connections can be either in a local area network or a wide area network (Internet). The PING command sends packets of information to a specified IP Address and then measures the time it takes to get a response from the specified computer or device. Use the following information below based on your computers OS to do a ping.

Windows XP or Vista

1. Open the command window by clicking START, then RUN. Type CMD, and press the Enter key or click OK.
2. Type "ping" in the Command Window.
3. Hit the space bar once.
4. Type the IP or website address that you want to ping. For example, if you want to ping eBay, type www.ebay.com after the space. If you want to ping your Router, it might be 192.168.1.1
5. Press the "Enter" key. If the website is up and actively responding, you receive replies back from the server that you pinged with the following information:
    * The IP address
    * The number of Bytes sent
    * The time it took in milliseconds
    * The TTL is Time to Live (This indicated the number of "hops" back from the computer pinged from that computers initial TTL value.)


LINUX

1. Open a TERMINAL window
2. Type "ping" in the Command Window.
3. Press the space bar once.
4. Type the IP or website address that you want to ping, after the space. For example, if you want to ping eBay, type www.ebay.com after the space. If you want to ping your Router it might be 192.168.1.1
5. Press the "Enter" key. If the website is up and actively responding, you receive replies back from the server that you pinged with the following information:
    * The IP address
    * The number of Bytes sent
    * The time it took in milliseconds
    * The TTL is Time to Live (This indicated the number of "hops" back from the computer pinged from that computers initial TTL value.)

6. Press CTRL C to stop the command and show results.


MAC OSX

1. Go to the Applications folder, then Utilities, then Network Utility.
2. Click on the ping tab and specify a domain or IP Address.
3. Click "Ping." If the website is up and actively responding, you receive replies back from the server that you pinged with the following information:
    * The IP address
    * The number of Bytes sent
    * The time it took in milliseconds
    * The TTL is Time to Live (This indicated the number of "hops" back from the computer pinged from that computers initial TTL value.)

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