How to perform Ping Test in most popular OS

Step-by-Step tutorial on how to ping a domain, using the most popular operating systems

This tutorial will review how to perform a domain ping tests in the most popular operating systems. Those include the different versions of Windows OS and Mac OS X.

 

 

Step 1 What is a Ping Test

The ping test is using your local Internet connection to send packets of data to a specific address. After reaching the domain, those packets are sent back to your computer. The ping test is used to record the amount of time required for the data packets to reach the address and if any packets are lost in the process.

This test can be used to perform a test and check your connection between your physical location and the server, where your domain and website are hosted. It is a good and easy test, that provides valuable information for you and your project.

 

Step 2 How to perform a Ping Test using Windows 8

Access the Start Menu on your computer and locate the Search. You should move the mouse to the right corner of the screen in order to make the vertical menu bar also known as the charm bar. Click on the Search icon. In the search field enter cmd and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

 

Access Command Prompt in Windows 8

 

Afterwards a black window with flashing cursor will load, this is called the Command Prompt. Type ping press the Space bar on your keyboard and enter the domain or IP address you would like to ping. For example we will ping google.com, so we need to type:

 

ping google.com

 

Ping Test in Windows 8

 

After the command line is entered correctly press the Enter button on your keyboard. This will initiate the ping test and bring up the results of the process.

 

Step 3 How to perform a Ping Test using Windows 7 and Vista

In order to access the Command Prompt you should click on the Windows Orb in the bottom left corner. Afterward you should type cmd in the search bar at the bottom of the Start menu.

 

Access Command Promot in Windows XP

 

After you click on the cmd icon a window will load, which is called the Command Prompt. After the successful loading of the Command Prompt type ping and press the Space bar from your keyboard. Afterwards type and the domain or IP address you would like to ping. For example, if we ping google.com, the command will look like:

 

ping google.com

 

Ping Google using Command Promot

 

After the command is successfully entered you should press the Enter button on your keyboard and the ping test will begin. 

 

Step 4 How to perform a Ping Test using Windows XP

In order to perform ping test on Windows XP you should press the Start button which is located in the left bottom of the screen. Select and click on the Run option which is located on the right side of the Start menu. Type cmd in the text field and press the Enter button on your keyboard a window will load. It is called the Command Prompt window. After the Command Prompt is loaded successfully you should type ping afterwards press the Space bar from your keyboard and type the domain or IP address you would like to ping. For example we are performing a ping test on google.com, you need to enter:

 

ping google.com

 

Ping Test in Windows XP

 

After the command is successfully entered you should press the Enter button on your keyboard and the ping test will begin.

 

Step 5 How to perform a Ping Test using Mac OS X

Click on the Go tab in the top menu and select Utilities from the drop-down menu. You should enter network utility in the search field which is placed in the right corner of the Utilities window and press the Enter button on your keyboard.

 

Access Network Utility

 

Open the Network Utility icon and on the following windows select the Ping tab. Afterwards type the domain or IP address you would like to ping in the Enter the network address to ping and press the Ping button.

 

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For example we have performed a ping test on google.com.

 

Ping Results

If you are not sure how to read ping results, you can review our tutorial on the subject that explains the data you will receive in more details.