How to Ping a Computer Port

By TS Jordan

A computer port is a location in the firewall that acts as a “window,” enabling data to come into the computer when open and preventing it from doing so when closed. Pinging a port refers to the process of sending a small amount of data to the port to test whether it is responsive to your requests. This can be done from the DOS command shell in your Windows OS.

Step 1

Open "Start" and click "Run."

Step 2

Type in "cmd" and press "OK."

Step 3

Type in "ping ipaddress:portnumber," replacing "ipaddress" with the IP address of the computer to be pinged and "portnumber" with the number of the port you wish to ping.

Step 4

Press "Enter" to ping the desired address and port.

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