A utility to determine whether a specific
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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