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WinPing Help





WinPing is a graphical version of the common Windows networking utility "Ping". It's main purpose is to test connectivity between you're host, and a remote host. It will also report to you the delay time of sending and receiving simple messages between the 2 hosts. This can be useful for troubleshooting timeouts when connecting to a remote machine.

Say you want to find out if your web server is up and running. First you will enter "www.yourdomain.com" for the host field in the WinPing toolbar. You can keep the default packet size, timeout, and count (number of pings to send). Now you simple click the "Ping" button, or choose "Ping" from the File menu. First ping will lookup the hostname, so it may take a few seconds to start, then you should see 3 lines indicating the ping status of www.yourdomain.com. If you see "timeout" in the results, then either you need to increase your timeout value, check your internet connection, or your server is down. Otherwise you should see the time in milliseconds that it took to send and receive an ICMP message from your web server.

The timeout value is in milliseconds, so 1000 milliseconds is equal to 1 second. In general, 1000 milliseconds should be more than enough time to do a ping. The packet size is good for testing how long it takes to send larger packets, for instance, if you know that you usually send and receive large packets of 4096 bytes (4k), then you can use that for your size, and increase your timeout value, then see exactly how long it takes to send/receive a packet of that size.

The count value is for sending more than the default (3) packets. If you set count to 0, it will continue to ping until you press the stop button. I usually use this feature when I reboot a server, so I can see right away when the server is back up from my remote machine.


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