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Meaning – The term packet internet groper, or PING, refers to a program used in TCP/IP networks to test the ability to reach destinations by sending the destinations an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request and waiting for a reply.

A ping request can be performed using a ping command, which is a standard command in most command-line interfaces. Several network utilities provide a ping feature, which allows you to ping a server by simply entering the IP address or domain name.

The ping itself consists of a single packet (often 32 or 56 bytes) that contains an “echo” request. The host, if available, responds with a single packet as a reply. The ping time, measured in milliseconds, is the round trip time for the packet to reach the host and for the response to return to the sender.

Example of usage“While Internet connection speeds can affect pings, ping response time is often directly related to the physical distance between the source and destination systems.”