How to Ping using Windows Command Prompt

Pinging is one of the ways to check if your internet connection is working fine – or in other words, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is doing well. Pinging means sending a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active. If it is not or the connection is intermittent (stopping and starting at irregular intervals), maybe it is time to change your ISP.

To ping using Windows Command Prompt
, all you have to do is click on the Command Prompt icon, which you can find after clicking on the Start Button and typing “Command” in the search box, if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Command Prompt Icon

Command Prompt Icon

You can also run the Command Prompt by pressing the “Windows Button” + “R” on your keyboard then type “cmd” on the input box before pressing OK in most Windows Operating Systems including XP. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can type “cmd” to run it directly rather than locating it first then clicking on the Command Prompt icon.

Run Window

Run Window

Once you are in the command prompt, type “ping google.com -t”, to check for continuous connectivity.

Command Prompt Ping

Command Prompt Ping

If you can notice the words “Request timed out”, that means your computer cannot reach the website you are pinging at the moment. Ideally, this should not be visible because this means that you are having intermittent connection problems. If this persists or it happens almost everyday, maybe it is time to change to a much better ISP or tell them to check their system for any problems.

FYI: The IP Address 173.194.38.142 is one of Google’s Unique (NOT shared) IP Addresses. If you put “173.194.38.142” on your browser, you will see Google.com’s homepage.

For more options on ping, you can type “ping /?” in your Command Prompt and experiment on the different usage. See below for a print screen of the options.

Ping Options

Ping Options

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