PING stands for Packet INternet Groper.
This is a simple diagnostic tool implemented in both Windows and Linux that enables you the ability to test for basic communication between two network nodes within a LAN or across the WAN/Internet.
The concept is simple - a special packet is sent from a source machine to a destination machine at which the destination machine responds back.
The time it takes for this process to complete helps determine two things:
- Does the destination machine respond?
- How long does it take the destination machine to respond back?
To run this tool is very simple.
For windows you simply open a command prompt:
Go to Start->run->type CMD->press enter
Within the command prompt you will type: ping destination-IP -n 10
For example: ping 188.8.131.52 -n 10