17.3. Using the ping Utility
Ping is the most basic TCP/IP utility, and it's included with most TCP/IP stacks for most platforms. Windows, again, is no exception. In most cases, ping is a command-line utility, although there are many GUI implementations available. You use the ping utility for two primary purposes:
To find out if a host is responding
To find out if you can reach a host
Here's the syntax:
Ping shostname or IP address
If you ping any station that has an IP address, the ICMP that's part of that particular host's TCP/IP stack will respond to the request. This ICMP test and response looks something like this:
ping 188.8.131.52 Pinging 184.108.40.206 with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=128 Reply from ...