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How to Use Command Prompt to Ping an IP Address

To open Command Prompt on a Windows machine, you can follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter or click OK.
  3. Once the Command Prompt opens, you can type or paste the copied ping commands like shown below.
  4. Then press enter.


C:\Users\User> |

Understanding Ping Results

When you run a ping command, the results show several lines indicating the outcome of each ping attempt. To understand the latency of the connection, look for the time value in the ping responses.

For example, if the ping result states Reply from bytes=32 time=268ms TTL=52, the time=268ms represents the latency. This is the amount of time it took for the packet to travel from your computer to the destination IP address and back again. It is measured in milliseconds (ms).

Lower values indicate a faster connection. Latency is important for activities requiring real-time responses, such as video calls, online gaming, and live streaming.