Have you connected two computers on the network but do not know if the operation was successful? Try to ping the IP address of the other computer. Can't access a specific website and would like to understand if the problem is yours (or your connection) or the reference portal? Pinging the site can be useful to dispel any doubts!
How do you say? The question seems to be interesting but you don't have the slightest idea what "this" ping is? No problem, I'll explain it to you. Ping is a command through which the computer tries to send data packets to the indicated destination (in this case the other PC on the network or the Internet site) to understand whether it is able to communicate with the latter or not. If an answer is received, the ping returns the time (expressed in milliseconds) necessary to receive an "echo" return, while in the event of no reply it is referred to as "request expired" or "destination host unreachable".
All clear? Yes? Good. So what would you say to put the gossip aside and go and find out, with me, how to ping an IP using the tools made available directly by Windows, Mac and Linux as well as some "third party" resources that can be used directly online? I can assure you right away that contrary to appearances and beyond what you may think it is a fairly simple procedure to carry out, even by those who - a bit like you - do not consider themselves exactly a great expert in made of technology. Ah, I almost forgot: at the end of the guide you will also find a passage focused on how to be able to carry out the operation in question from a mobile, in case you were interested in it.
Discover the IP to Be Painted
Before explaining how to proceed to be able to ping an IP you must, as you can guess, identify the reference address (if you have not already done so, of course). If it is a device that is part of your internal network you can follow the instructions on what to do that I have provided you in my guide on how to find the IP address.
If, on the other hand, you need to ping a site, you can directly type the URL at the appropriate time or you can find out its IP address by relying on the appropriate online tool on the portal What Is My IP Address. To use it, connected to its web page, type the clue of the site whose IP you want to find out in the empty field displayed on the screen and press the button Lookup IP Address adjacent.
In a few moments you will be able to know the information you need, shown on the bottom of the screen, in correspondence with the wording Lookup IPv4 Address:.
"Standard" Tools for Painting an IP
As I told you at the beginning of the guide, to ping an IP, whether it is a computer or another device inside the network or an external address, you can use some tools already included in Windows, Mac and Linux. To find out more, keep reading, you will find everything explained in detail below.
If you use a PC with Windows installed, to be able to ping an IP you just need to start the Command Prompt and in a matter of seconds the game is done. In fact, all you have to do is invoke the Command Prompt from Start menu, type the command in the window that appears on the desktop ping [IP address of the PC or site] (is ping 192.168.0.2) and press the key Submit sulla tastiera of the computer.
If everything works correctly, you should see a series of typographies appear Reply from 192.168.0.2: bytes = 32 duration <1ms TTL = 254 and at the end a report on the activity of the ping command just performed. If not, the Command Prompt will show no signs of life for a few seconds and then return an error message.
If you are using a Mac instead, you can ping an IP using the terminal, a tool in some ways similar to the Windows Command Prompt. To exploit it, call the latter by accessing the Launchpad and clicking on its icon (the black window with the line of code) in the folder Other.
Then type the command in the window that appears on the desktop ping [IP address of the PC or site] (Eg. ping 5 192.168.0.2). Then press the button Submit sulla tastiera of the computer.
If everything is working correctly, you will see a series of typologies appear 64 bytes from 192.168.0.3: icmp_seq = 0 ttl = 64 time = 26.754 ms. If, on the other hand, there are problems, the writings you will see appear will be of the type Request timeout for icmp_seq 0. In all cases, to stop the ping, press the combination on the keyboard ctrl + c. You will then be shown a report of the activity performed.
In addition to this, as I just indicated, you can ping an IP from Mac by relying on Network Utility, a tool included in macOS which, as you can guess from the name itself, includes a whole series of useful functions, including the one in question, to check the status of the network to which the computer is connected.
To use it, invoke Network Utility via Spotlight and, once the relevant window is displayed on the desktop, select the tab Ping. Now type the IP address of the device or Internet site to be pinged in the field under the heading Enter the network address to be pinged., select the option Send only, enter the number of pings to send in the adjacent field and press the button Ping.
In the box below you can therefore follow the whole procedure. The written messages returned will be similar to those indicated above and at the end you will get, even in this case, a report on the activity carried out.
Are you using a computer running Ubuntu (one of the most popular and popular Linux distros)? Again you can ping an IP. To do this, call the terminal by clicking on its icon (the black window with the line of code) attached to the Launcher.
Then type the command in the window that appears on the desktop ping [IP address of the PC or site] and press the button Submit on the computer keyboard. If there are no problems and everything works fine, you should see messages like 64 bytes from 192.168.0.1: icmp_seq = 1 ttl = 128 time = 1.82 ms and at the end you will be shown a report on the activity carried out.
If, on the other hand, the computer cannot reach the other device or the Internet site, the ping request will be blocked in the Terminal window. To stop it you will have to use the key combination ctrl + c in order to consult the related report.
"Third Party" Tools for Painting an IP
In addition to taking advantage of the tools already included in Windows, Mac and Linux, it is possible to ping an IP using “third party” tools. These are online services that you can choose to use as a valid alternative to the above resources. Find more details on this below.
The website MIO-IP.it provides Internet users with various useful resources to discover the IP in use, to verify e-mail addresses, etc., among which there is also a useful tool for the purpose in question, totally free and fully functional from any OS. However, since this is a website, the service can only be used to ping other Internet sites and not also devices belonging to the internal network.
To use it, connected to the relevant web page, enter the IP of the Internet site to be pinged (eg. 22.214.171.124) or its address (eg. Google com) in the appropriate field and click on the button Ping on the right. A new window will then open at the bottom of the page through which you can consult the test report.
As an alternative to the above online service you can rely on MxToolbox. It is a portal that also includes several useful tools for monitoring the network, including a tool for pinging the IPs of Internet sites. It's free and works from any browser and operating system.
To use it, connected to the web page of the instrument, type the IP of the Internet site to be pinged (eg. 126.96.36.199) or its address (eg. Google com) in the empty field and click on the button Ping on the right. At the bottom of the page you will then see the test result appear.
Ping.eu is another online service that you can rely on to be able to ping the IP of a website. Its interface is a bit sparse, this is true, but it is incredibly simple to use, so much so that explaining how it works would be almost superfluous. It is always a free and fully functional resource from any browser and operating system.
To use it, connected to the home page of the service, type the IP of the site to be pinged (eg. 188.8.131.52) or your address (eg. Google com) in the field in the center and click the button Go located on the right. The ping test will therefore be started and in a short time you will be able to find out if the site of your interest is reachable or not through the response that you will see appear at the bottom of the page.
Pingare an IP on Smartphone and Tablet
Do you want to ping an IP but don't have your computer handy? This is also feasible from mobile, using special applications. Among the various available on the square I suggest you rely on Fing. It is a free application available on both Android and iOS that includes a whole series of useful tools for monitoring the network, including the one with which you can ping an IP address.
You ask me what to do to be able to use it? I'll point it out to you right away. To begin with, download the app on your device by connecting to the relevant section on the Play Store (in the case of Android) and on the App Store (in the case of iOS) and then tapping the button to proceed with the installation. Then start the app by pressing on its icon (the blue one with the circles) that has been added to the screen where all the installed applications are grouped.
Now that you see the main screen of Fing, press on the item Network located at the bottom, select the item Ping annessa to the menu Means and type the IP address of the referring device or website in the field Enter IP or Domain which is at the top and then presses the button Ping. If you need to ping a device connected to the internal network you can also select it from the list that is shown by tapping on the icon monitor top right.
Once this is done, it will be pinged to the address indicated above and at the end of the procedure you will be able to view the graph of the test performed and its response. If the IP address you attempted to ping is unreachable, the test will fail and the amount of lost packets indicated will be equal to 100%.