How to Ping a Server Name

By Contributing Writer

Ping is a network program that sends short data packages ("echo requests") to a particular host and then listens to a response. Ping also measures the roundtrip time of a package---the time elapsed between when a package is sent and a response is received. Ping enables you to find out a server IP address and determines the accessibility of the server.

Step 1

In Windows XP, click Start and Run. Then type "cmd" and press Enter.In Windows Vista, click Start, then type "cmd" and press Enter.This will open the command prompt window with a black background.

Step 2

Type "ping" and press Enter. A server name can be either a computer or website name. For example: ping yahoo.com

Step 3

Read the server IP address. The first line of the ping output contains the server IP address (in brackets). Below is an example of such a line. The IP address is 209.191.93.53."Pinging yahoo.com [209.191.93.53] with 32 bytes of data"

Step 4

Analyze the ping statistics. The last three lines of the output contain the ping information. For example: "Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate roundtrip times in milliseconds: Minimum = 67ms, Maximum = 68ms, Average = 67ms" Note that shorter roundtrip times mean better connection to a server. A high percentage of lost packages is indicative of a poor connection.