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A utility to determine whether a specific IP address is accessible, and how long it takes to communicate with that address. It is also used to describe the action of using the utility.

Ping works by sending a packet to a specified address and waiting for a reply. To see ping in action, open a command window (Start/Run, type cmd and return) and type this line into the window:


By default, ping will send 4 packets and show the results for each, plus averages.

Ping's author says that the name comes from the sound that a sonar makes.

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