Using Ping Command to test your connection to WiFI Router

By | July 26, 2017

Did you know that using ping command to test WiFi connection is a very helpful feature? You must have had bad experiences with your WiFi connection. There might have been times when you had to call ISP support. Even after calling, all they will say is that everything is fine and there are some internal network problems. Wouldn’t it be so good if you could solve some network problems of your own? Using ping command to test WiFi connection is hence, a very good thing.

Ping is such a network administration tool which is used to test the connectivity of any IP network. It means that ping is a network administration utility which can test the connection of any internet network. It can also measure the speed by which one computer can transfer files to another computer. Apart from that, measurement of latency or delay between two computers is also done by ping.

How to use ping command to test WiFi connection?

Every operating system has a different command line interface. It is the same command line interface which will allow you to run the Ping command. Virtually, the working of ping command is same for all operating systems. Internally, of course, it differs from one OS to another.

Using Ping Command
All you need to do is open the command prompt or terminal. Then,

*If you are using Windows Operating System, open the Command Prompt. You can open the command prompt by clicking on the start button and entering “cmd” while on the Start screen. If you are using Windows 8 or 10, directly type “cmd” while on the start menu. The command prompt will only launch after you click the enter button.

*If you are a Mac user, you would have to open the terminal. In order to open the terminal, firstly open the applications folder. After having done so, you would find a folder called “utility”. Open that “utility folder” and then select Terminal.

*In case you are using Linux, open a Telnet/Terminal window. This type of a window will be available in the accessories folder in the applications directory.

After that, type “ping” which must be followed by an IP address or any website address. To execute the command, you have to press the enter key. Some very commonly used ping commands are given below:

1. ping 127.0.0.1– This type of a ping command is called a loopback ping. The loopback ping basically means it the computer is trying to talk with itself.
There are chances that loopback step might fail. This might be because the TCP drivers are corrupted and not working. Chances are, the network adapter is not working or simply another service might be interfering.

2. ping- This command is used to ping the IP address of any device. It might be a local computer, remote server or anything. A client can also receive an IP address which would verify that one can communicate with the device properly. Example: ping 192.168.1.1.

3. ping- This is the command which is used for checking the Internet connectivity and the functionality of DNS. Like, ping www.netgear.com is an example of using ping command to test WiFi connection.
If you are successful with your ping test, you will receive replies from the command. If all the packets sent are received back, it shows that the computer is online and the Internet connection is stable. Sometimes if you have pinged with an IP address, it might not work properly. Retry it using a hostname to check that the IP address you tried is correct or not. If it is correct, there might be some problem with your command elsewhere.

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