How To Run / Use Ping Test Win 7 / 8 / 10 / Mac 2017



How to run a ping test

This article will show you how to run a ping test on Windows or Mac OSX.

Ping is a network utility command line that is used in Windows (Command Prompt (cmd)) and OS X (Terminal). Ping in its basic form is a packet of data sent form you a requester to a host, which then a host sends a packet of data back to the requester acknowledging the transaction. During this process of ping measures two things packet-loss and latency.

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How To Run Ping
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What is a ping test on a PC?

A ping test is a method of checking if the computer is connected to a network. It also determines the latency or delay between two computers. It is used to ensure that a host computer which your computer tries to access is operating. A ping test is run for troubleshooting to know connectivity as well as response time.




Ping test in Windows 10

  1. Click the Search icon (magnifying glass) in the bottom left-hand corner and type "cmd" into the search bar. 
  2. Select the Command Prompt app - it will be at the top of the list of search results as the best match
  3. A black box with a flashing cursor will open; this is the Command Prompt. Type “ping” and then hit the Space bar on your keyboard.
  4. Type in the address you’d like to ping and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

Ping test in Windows 8

  1. Move the mouse to the right-hand corner of the screen to make the vertical menu bar (charm bar) appear. Click Search.
  2. Type “cmd” in the search bar and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
  3. Click cmd found in the search results for Programs.
  4. A black box with a flashing cursor will open; this is the Command Prompt. Type “ping” and then hit the Space bar on your keyboard.
  5. Type in the address you’d like to ping and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Wait for the ping results.

Ping test in Windows 7 and Vista

  • Open the Start menu by clicking the orb in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  • Open RUN “cmd” in the search bar at the bottom of the menu.
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RUN
  •  Press OK and it will open CMD.
  • A black box with a flashing cursor will open; this is the Command Prompt. Type “ping” and then hit the Space bar on your keyboard
How To Run / Use Ping Test Win 7 / 8 / 10 / Mac
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  • Type in the address you’d like to ping and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Wait for the ping results.

How To Run / Use Ping Test Win 7 / 8 / 10 / Mac
CMD Ping Result


Ping Commands
Ping External IP
ping google.com
Ping external IP is the most used ping command line. In the event that you have issues here and not with any of the other command lines then the is with your (ISP) or the host you are trying to ping to. In some cases like “microsoft.com” you will time out no matter what because they block all ping attempts. “google.com” will all ways get you a result unless your Internet service is down.

Ping Default Gateway/Router
ping ###.###.###.###
To find your IP for your Gateway/Router use:
For windows and the address is listed next to “Default Gateway”
ipconfig
For OS X:
netstat -nr | grep '^default'
If a time-out occurs here and not for Ping Loopback and Ping Local Machine then the issue lays with your Gateway/Router and you should contact the manufacture of the device.

Ping Local Machine
ping ###.###.###.###
To find the IP for your local machine use:
For windows and the address listed next to “IPv4 Address”
ipconfig
For OS X use:
(Ethernet Connection)
ifconfig en0 | grep "inet"
(WiFi Connection)
ifconfig en1 | grep "inet"
If a time-out occurs here and not in Ping Loopback Address then the issue may be between your network adapter and Windows & OS X.

Ping Loopback Address


ping 127.0.0.1
This is a loopback address and it pings to your personal computer. If a time-out occurs here then there is an issue with your system. There are list of solutions ranging from a restart of your computer, checking firewall settings, and/or reinstalling TCP/IP if you are a windows user. For OS X users in most cases it is an issue with your OS X firewall being turn on and you will need to turn it off.

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