How to Ping a Subnet

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In a Microsoft network environment, use the ping utility to test connectivity between network devices. Such devices include computers, printers, web servers and subnets. Use pin exclusively with the Internet Protocol type of address. It works by sending data packets to the network device from your personal computer and checks for a response. If the ping utility receives no response, then likely the network device is down or offline. Pinging a subnet is done by anyone with the expertise and understanding how to do it.

  • Log on to your computer, click "Start," "All Programs," then "Accessories." From the drop-down list, click "Command Prompt."

  • Type the following at the command prompt:

    ping [IP address of subnet]

    Then hit "Enter."

  • View the data packets as they are sent from the subnet. They will read either "Success" or "Failed" depending on the availability of the subnet.

  • Click "File" then "Exit" to close the Command Prompt.

Tips & Warnings

  • The IP address of the subnet will be in a format similar to [192.168.10.1]. The network administrator provides this address, if you do not already have it.

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