How to Ping a Website in Windows

By Nick Peers

If you are having problems opening a Web page, use the Ping command to test if the website is online. You don't need to obtain the IP address of the website to use the ping command; all you need is the correct domain of the website. Furthermore, any computer running Windows 7 or 8.1 can run the ping command natively. If you receive "Request timed out" messages, the host may be blocking you from accessing the website.

Pinging Websites

Press "Windows-X" in Windows 8.1 to display the Power User menu and click "Command Prompt" to launch the utility. Type "ping Domain_Name" into the Command Prompt and press "Enter" to ping the website. For example, type "ping www.google.com" to ping Google. The Ping command sends four data packets to the target website and waits for its response. If the website is online and you can access it, you receive four replies. Each reply displays the round-trip time in milliseconds in the "time" section. The minimum, maximum and average round trip times of the four packets are displayed in the "Approximate round trip times..." section. If the website is offline or unreachable, you receive four "Request timed out" messages. Run the "tracert" command (see Resources) if you receive "Destination net unreachable" or "Destination host unreachable" messages to find out if the connection was interrupted.