How to: Constant Ping

By Mark Robinson

The ping command is used to facilitate the most basic of network communications tests -- whether your computer can reach another computer on the network. In many cases, you want to ping the IP address or domain continuously to test the time and distance required to reach another computer or website. Both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems have built-in tools available for creating a constant ping.

Running a Constant Ping in Windows

Step 1

Click the "Start" icon located on the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop. Type "cmd" into the search box in the Start menu to open the Command Prompt window.

Step 2

Type "ping --t," followed by the IP address you want to reach, for example "ping --t 192.168.100.104" and press "Enter." The program continues to ping the IP address until you pause or stop the ping.

Step 3

Press "Ctrl" + "Break" or "Ctrl" + "Pause" to pause the operation and display statistics. Press "Ctrl" + "C" to stop the ping and exit the Command Prompt window.

Running a Constant Ping on a Mac

Step 1

Locate and click on "Finder" in the dock. In the following window, click "Macintosh HD."

Step 2

Click on the "Application" icon and click on "Utilities." Double-click on the "Terminal" icon to open Terminal.

Step 3

Type "ping", followed by the IP address you want to reach, for example "ping 192.168.100.104," and press "Enter." The program continuously pings the IP address. Hold down "Ctrl" + "R" to interrupt the constant ping.