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What is ping, when testing your internet speed?

Ping stands for Packet Internet or Inter-Network Groper and in simple words it is a way to know if another device is online and how long it takes for a request to be answered between your device and another device.

When talking about testing your internet speed, there is this “ping” term that always enters the conversation.

We know that it should not be too high and if it is too high you may experience some issues with your internet connection.

In this blog we will explain what ping really is, what a good measurement is for ping, how to check it, The impact of ping in gaming and the difference between ping and jitter.

We hope it may bring some clarity in understanding what ping actually is and why it is needed.

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What is ping?

Ping stands for Packet Internet or Inter-Network Groper and is a basic Internet program that allows a user to test and verify if a particular destination IP address exists and can accept requests in computer network administration.

In simpler words it is a way to know if another device is online and how long it takes for a request to be answered between your device and another device. It is measured in milliseconds (ms)

Simple explanation of how ping works.
Simple explanation of how ping works. | Source: askleo.com

An interesting fact about the ping is that the name comes from sonar technology where a wave is being sent and then an echo (ping) is being returned. The longer it takes for the echo to return, the further away an object must be.

Ping tests are often being used to troubleshoot slow connections or network congestion, or simply checking if a device is online.

Because ping testing is fairly straightforward, you can easily find out where the problems in your network occur and get a grip on how to solve those issues.

What is a good ping speed?

To understand what a good ping speed should be we need to know if the devices are in the same network or over the internet. The closer devices are to each other (network wise) the fastest the ping should be.

Here is our guide to a good ping speed depending on where these devices are.

If you ping a device within the same network, so for example connected to the same WiFi the ping between these devices should be between 1ms and 5 ms.

If this is any longer on a frequent basis this may be a clue that you may have some trouble in your network and could also lead to having a bad internet connection.

If you ping a device over the internet it would preferably be under 100ms.

If you get ping speeds under 20ms that is exceptional and is called a “low ping”. An acceptable average is between 50ms and 100ms. Ping speeds above 150ms are considered “high ping”.

How do I check my Internet ping?

Normally, it would be enough to use a speedtest service like speedtestgo.com. This will not only tell you about your download and upload speed but will also tell you how high your ping is.

If you want to ping a specific device or IP address, here are the steps you need to successfully achieve that if you are using a windows computer:

  • On your computer you press “Start” and then type in “cmd”
  • Open the command prompt and a black box will appear
  • Type in the word “ping” followed be a space
  • After the space you can type in any ip address or website domain
    • For example: “ping 192.168.1.1
    • Or “ping google.com
  • After hitting enter it will do some tests and then give you those results

On linux however it is slightly different

  • Open the Terminal
  • Type in the word “traceroute” followed by a space
  • Then type in the IP address or website domain that you want to ping
  • After hitting enter this will also reveal the result.

The way to test your ping for Apple users is also a little different

  • Open the terminal by navigating to “Applications/Utilities”
  • Type in the word “ping” followed be a space
  • After the space you can type in any ip address or website domain
    • For example: “ping 192.168.1.1”
    • Or “ping google.com”
  • After hitting enter it will do some tests and then give you those results

The ping command line

The ping command runs in a Windows Command Shell (or a Linux/Mac/BSD/Solaris/etc. terminal window – it’s a very ubiquitous command), and has a very basic syntax at it’s core:

ping domain_name

For example, if you open a command window and type in “ping speedtestgo.com”, you’ll see something like this:

[C:]ping speedtestgo.com
Pinging speedtestgo.com [5.189.130.238] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 5.189.130.238: bytes=32 time=213ms TTL=50
Reply from 5.189.130.238: bytes=32 time=295ms TTL=50
Reply from 5.189.130.238: bytes=32 time=212ms TTL=50
Reply from 5.189.130.238: bytes=32 time=216ms TTL=50
Ping statistics for 5.189.130.238:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 212ms, Maximum = 295ms, Average = 234ms

What is a good ping speed for gaming?

What is a good ping speed for gaming? - speedtestgo
What is a good ping speed for gaming?

Nowadays we play a lot of online games like PUBG or WarZone.

Did you ever wonder why you experience some lagging while playing these games even though we have high internet speeds?

You have guessed it! It is because of your ping speeds.

The lower the ping is, the faster the server on which you play receives and responds to your requests and the smoother the gameplay will be. If your ping is too high some servers tend to disconnect you from playing the game because they cannot guarantee a smooth game playing experience.

Most of these games also tell you what your ping is and the ping of other players.

What is the difference between jitter and ping?

Jitter is a term that indicates how fast your ping speed changes overtime. A better way to describe it is how consistent your ping speed is.

The difference between ping and jitter lies in the fact that ping measures the quality of your network while jitter measures the consistency of your ping. Jitter is also measured in milliseconds (ms).

Conclusion

In conclusion, we have learned today that ping is a tool created to measure the quality of your network and to know if a device is online or offline.

We have also shown you how you can measure your ping speed. An acceptable guide to a good ping speed is between 50ms and 100ms for devices reachable over the internet.

Finally ping is a factor that has a huge impact on gaming because if it is too high your game will lag and eventually the game server will disconnect you from playing the game.

The difference between jitter and ping simply lies in the fact that ping measures the quality of the connection while jitter measures the consistency of the ping. We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and it may answer most of your questions regarding ping.

Shawn Stolting

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