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Re: Question about ping testing
said by kpossible:It's more like... if you get a reply you know there's connectivity. That's about ALL you know. If no reply, connectivity is still unknown.
Okay, I get some of that. So why is it used at all if you don't know who is not responding and who is? Sorry for the oversimplification!
I must admit I usually type yahoo.com because it's easy. Response varies with the server you get, though. You'll see the IP and times change together.
Ping tells a lot of basic stuff. If it can't find the name, DNS isn't working (so use an IP instead). Ping still remains a good starting point to diagnose a network.