Testing Network Connectivity with the PING Command

Perhaps no command line utility is more familiar to users than PING. On a TCP/IP network, the PING utility allows you to determine whether another system is reachable, while at the same time providing basic diagnostic information such as whether any packets are being lost en route. When troubleshooting a network connection, PING is almost always the first tool that any users will unleash to gather basic information. When issued with the –t command, PING will continuously send requests to a host until manually stopped with the CTRL+C command.

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