How to Ping a DNS

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When you are experiencing problems accessing a specific website, it is necessary to determine whether the problem is with your own computer, Internet service provider or the website you are trying to access. One way to determine this is to ping the website's DNS server. If you send a ping to the DNS server and receive a response successfully, you will have an indication the website is working fine.

  • Click your Windows "Start" button. Select the "Search" option.

  • Type "CMD" into the search box. Press "Enter" on your keyboard.

  • "Double Click" the MS-DOS command prompt to open it.

  • Type "ping" at the blinking prompt.

  • Press your keyboard space-bar one time.

  • Type the domain name you would like to ping. As an example, your text should appear as

    "ping www.yourdomainname.com."

  • Press "Enter" on your keyboard to run the ping. You will see a list of replies sent and received. If four replies are sent and four replies are received, it is an indication that nothing is wrong with the website's DNS server.

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