How to Ping An IP Address

The Ping command allows you to test the connection speed between you and another network node, such as a server. You can use it to check the strength, distance, and availability of a connection, either in your own network or over the internet.

Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux


1. Open the Command Prompt or Terminal.

Every operating system has a command-line interface that will allow you to run the Ping command. The ping command operates virtually identically on all systems.

•   If using Windows, open the Command Prompt. Click the "Start" icon and enter "cmd" into the Search field.

     Windows 8 users can type “cmd” whilst on the Start screen. Press "Enter" to launch the Command Prompt.

•   If using Mac OS X, open the Terminal. Open your "Applications" folder, and then open the "Utilities" folder.

     Select "Terminal".

•   If using Linux, Open a Telnet/Terminal window. It is most often found in the "Accessories" folder in your

     Applications directory.

•   In Ubuntu, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + Alt + T " to open the terminal.


2. Enter the ping command.


Type a Hostname or ping an IP address.


For example, to ping HOSTAFRICA's main web server, type: "ping"

You can also just use an IP address: "ping 102.325.131.21"

An IP address is a computer’s location on a network, either locally or on the internet.


3. Press "Enter" to see your ping output.


The results will be displayed beneath the current command line.

The lower/bottom section will advise you on how to read the output. 


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