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    Hi all, I want to know what is the purpose of PING? How to use it? What I can do with PING?

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    PING - Packet InterNetwork Groper.

    Source: Webopedia

    A utility to determine whether a specific IP address is accessible. It works by sending a packet to the specified address and waiting for a reply. PING is used primarily to troubleshoot Internet connections. There are many freeware and shareware Ping utilities available for personal computers.
    It is often believed that "Ping" is an abbreviation for Packet Internet Groper, but Ping's author has stated that the names comes from the sound that a sonar makes.
    It sends out an ICMP Echo request (ICMP Type 8) to a destination IP address. The Host will recieve the packet (and assuming it isn't dropping ICMP) send back an ICMP Echo reply (ICMP Type 0). It is a way to test lag, network connectivity and other such things.

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    Re: Ping?

    Originally posted here by JohnHACK
    Hi all, I want to know what is the purpose of PING? How to use it? What I can do with PING?
    You have: Registered: May 2003
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    I don't know if I should laugh or scream in frustration. 112 post and a Jr.Member, yet you some how have never figured out how to use the search function that 'AO' provides. Thats not even mentioning Google as yet.
    Under a search of 'AO' for ping: Displaying Topics 1 to 25 of 393
    Under a search of 'AO' for ping command: Displaying Topics 1 to 25 of 83
    Under a Google search for ping: Results 1 - 10 of about 7,150,000. (although good luck getting to what is helpful)
    Under a Google search for ping command: Results 1 - 10 of about 642,000 (much more relevant)

    I will not spoon feed you. If you have a problem, please ask. If you don't understand some concept, please ask. If you want general information that has been covered multiple times (in just the last week), look it up yourself.

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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    The main thing you would use "ping" for is troubleshooting. You have to establish if a connection is working? use ping. If you are not networking, the most common use is troubleshooting a modem in a stand alone PC.

    You must remember to select a connection that you KNOW will respond, if the target machine's firewall is in stealth mode, you will get a "false negative" ...........this is when you sell the customer a new modem,............and a few weeks later sell his old one to someone else


    Older internet perverts such as myself use "ping" to grope good looking female computers on the net. But be careful you may get your face slapped, or a port scan in reply


    Good luck

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