A ping test has been around for years and the term comes from computer networking that references the word ping to finding the response times between two points on a network dating back to the 1950’s UNIX commands. More than a generation later ping has evolved to testing latency, bandwidth testing, and finding responses times between servers. The concept is still the same and all of these types will be covered.
The first ping term relates to the latency and ability to send a information packet from one location to another. You can run a online ping test using the tool we built on IPAddress.com that will test latency from your location to the IP address, domain, or hostname you put in the search box. This tool is very helpful for network administrator or webmaster trying to find issues with connecting to websites or servers that are available on the Internet.
A second ping term relates to bandwidth testing. Often people use the term ping in place of a Internet speed test. We have a another tool for that so that you can see the speed of service you are receiving from your Internet provider. Run a bandwidth speed test to see your latest connection results.
Testing the reliability of your connection on your internal or external network helps you identify any issues you could have dropping connections by your router or from the service you are receiving by an ISP. Traditional ping command operates using the ICMP and that stands for Internet Control Message Protocol. The ICMP requests packets and tests the responses times of those packets in a round trip time, recording packet loss as it goes.
There are times with ping is abused and used in a DoS attack. A Denial of Service attacks happens when a ping flood is sent to a website’s server in a attempt to take it offline by overloading the website with too many ping requests.
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