How do I ping a computer on my network?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

To ping a computer on your network, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Run window by pressing the Windows key and R key simultaneously. This will bring up a small dialog box where you can enter commands.

2. In the Run window, type “cmd” (without the quotes) and hit Enter. This will open the Command Prompt, a text-based interface for executing various commands.

3. Once the Command Prompt opens, you can begin the ping command. Type “ping” followed by the IP address or the URL of the computer you want to ping. For example, if you want to ping a computer with the IP address, you would type “ping” and hit Enter.

4. The ping command will start sending a series of small data packets to the specified IP address or URL. These packets are then received and processed by the target computer, which will send a response back to your computer.

5. You will see a continuous display of the ping results in the Command Prompt window. Each line represents a ping request and its corresponding response time. The response time is measured in milliseconds (ms) and indicates how long it took for the packets to travel from your computer to the target computer and back.

6. The ping command will continue sending packets until you manually stop it by pressing Ctrl+C on your keyboard. Once you stop the command, it will provide you with a summary of the ping statistics, including the number of packets sent, received, lost, and the average response time.

It’s important to note that sometimes you might receive a “Request Timed Out” message for some packets. This could happen due to various reasons, such as network congestion or the target computer being offline. However, if you consistently receive such messages for a specific computer, it may indicate a network connectivity issue.

Additionally, if you’re pinging a computer by its URL (such as, the IP address associated with the URL will be resolved and used for the ping command.

In my personal experience, I have used the ping command numerous times to troubleshoot network connectivity issues. It helps in determining whether a computer is reachable on the network and provides valuable information about the network’s latency and packet loss. It is a useful tool for network administrators and individuals alike.

I hope this detailed explanation helps you understand how to ping a computer on your network. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.