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What is ping command?

ping command Ping command (ping stands for Packet Internet Groper) is a utility used to determine whether a certain IP exists and is currently connected to the local network or the Internet so it can accept user requests. It is a very basic tool originally developed back in 1983 to troubleshoot possible problems in an IP network. The ping command is also very useful if for some reason you cannot open your web site and you just want to check if the web server is down.

How Do The Ping Tests Work?

ping test For its operation ping uses the very basic Internet control message protocol. Using this protocol the ping command sends an “echo” with packets of sample data to a remote computer. When the other computer receives the ping command it will respond and the sender will measure the latency in ms between the two devices and will indicate if any of the packets has been lost due to bad connectivity. The ping command allows different options to be selected such as packet size, time to live (TTL), time to wait for each reply and the number of requests to be sent. Normally you can also run a ping test to check your connectivity to any country, datacenter or server if you think that your connection is too slow. Unfortunately the ping test can be abused usually by initiating a basic denial-of-service (DoS) attack which aims to either force the remote computer to reboot or use all its resources so it cannot work properly. Also DoS attacks are used to interrupt the connection between a remote server and its visitors. The Zettahost web servers are located in a datacenter in Kiel, Germany which has excellent connectivity to any point of the world. That will guarantee very low latency and no loss of packets if you decide to run a ping test! It is completely risk-free to try our free web hosting plan which gives you the opportunity to run your small first web site without any hosting ads placed by us!


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