How to Ping or do a TraceRoute - Windows Computer

What is ping?

Ping is a basic Internet program that allows a user to verify that a particular IP address exists and can accept requests. The ping is the reaction time of your connection–how fast you get a response after you've sent out a request. A fast ping means a more responsive connection, especially in applications where timing is everything. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms). We also provide fully managed Fully Managed VPS, You can get better service and support with Fully managed VPS.

Why is the ping command useful for?

  1. Ping command is used to check whether connection to the destination server IP is available or not.

  2. Ping IP can check or verify communication through a router.

  3. Ping will show whether network data packet is capable to send to an address without any errors.

  4. Ping is commonly used to check for network errors.

How Does Ping Tests Work?

  1. Ping uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) to generate requests and handle responses.

  2. Starting a ping test sends ICMP messages from the local device to the remote one. The receiving device recognizes the incoming messages as an ICMP ping request and replies accordingly.

  3. The elapsed time between sending the request and receiving the reply on the local device constitutes the ping time.

How do I run a Ping?

Step: 1

Click on the search icon and type "cmd" into the search bar.

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Step: 2

Select the 'Command Prompt'


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Step: 3

Select the 'Command Prompt'

On the Command Prompt. Type “ping” and then hit the Spacebar on your keyboard and Type in the address you’d like to ping and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Wait for the ping results.

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Understanding ping test results. 

Successful ping tests

1) A Windows ping test will typically send 4 packets. First you’ll see the replies for each packet sent in the ping test. A Linux ping test may send more.

You’ll then see the statistics returns from the ping test. These results can be useful in advanced troubleshooting for latency issues, but the fact that the ping test returned results means that your computer is able to connect to that address.



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Failed ping tests

If a ping test fails, you see error warnings similar to one of the following instead of the ping test results shown below:

  • Request timed out

  • Destination host unreachable

If a ping test fails, you may need to troubleshoot your internet connection.

What is Traceroute?

The Traceroute is a method of sending a packet and tracing the packet from its starting to ending location and showing the result to get to that location. If you're visiting a Web site and pages are appearing slowly, you can use traceroute to figure out where the longest delays are occurring.

Why is the Traceroute command useful for?

If you’re having trouble connecting to a website, traceroute can tell you where the problem is. It can also help visualize the path traffic takes between your computer and a web server.

Traceroute print outs the path traffic takes to reach your website and it will display the delays that occurred at each stop

How Does traceroute tests Work?

  • Traceroute will help you to analyze your network problem.

  • Names and identity of routers and devices in your path

  • The entire path that a packet travels through

  • Network Latency or more specifically the time taken to send and receive data to each devices on the path.

How do I run a Traceroute?

Step: 1

Click on the search icon and type "cmd" into the search bar.

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Step: 2

Select the 'Command Prompt'

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Step: 3

Select the 'Command Prompt'

On the Command Prompt. Type “tracert” and then hit the Spacebar on your keyboard and Type in the address you’d like to ping and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Wait for the ping results.

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Understanding Traceroute test results


Each hop is represented by a different line. Each hop is numbered, so you can see that this trace took 9 hops to reach the destination server, bom05s08-in-f174.1e100.net [216.58.199.174], which serves the Google website.

1) Successful ping tests

Each hop is represented by a different line. Each hop is numbered, so you can see that this trace took 9 hops to reach the destination server, bom05s08-in-f174.1e100.net [216.58.199.174], which serves the Google website.

2)  Failed traceroute tests

If a traceroute test fails, you see error warnings similar to one of the following instead of the ping test results shown below:

  • Request timed out

  • Destination net unreachable

If a traceroute test fails, you may need to troubleshoot your internet connection.

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