How to Ping Addresses on a Mac

Ping is a means of determining whether a specific IP address is available. It works by sending a packet to the specified address and waiting for a reply. A ping is used primarily to troubleshoot Internet connections when you are having problems viewing your Web site online. If you are having problems with your internet connection, you can follow the instructions listed below to determine if there is a problem. If you receive a successful ping, there is an internet connection and the problem is unrelated to your connection.

If you are unable to perform a ping, there could be several reasons including problems with:

  • Your local network connection
  • Your ISP
  • Your local router

1.) Click on Finder in the dock.

2.) Click on Macintosh HD in the window.

3.) Click on Applications.

4.) Click on Utilities.

5.) Double-click on Network Utility.

6.) In the Network Utility window, click on the Ping tab.

7.) In the field under "Please enter the network address to ping," enter google.com to ping Yahoo's domain servers.

8.) Click the Ping button.

Tips & Warnings

If you get replies, it means that your Internet connection is healthy.
If you get timeouts, then you need to check your cabling. Calling your Internet Service Provider might also be of some help.

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Article ID: 77850
Created
Tue 5/7/19 3:24 PM
Modified
Tue 7/16/19 10:08 AM
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