And using this method instead of pinging the address shows you the fastest connection speed between servers/connections.
Start the command-line prompt. This is usually done by one of the following methods:
- Going to Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >>
Command Prompt on Windows Vista/7. According to your settings, in older
systems (XP, 2000, etc), you might find "Accessories" directly on
- Go to Start >> Run and then type cmd in the run dialog and press Enter.
IP Address and Connectivity
- 1Type the following command to the command-line prompt, replacing google.com with the website you want to get the information for:
- ping google.com
- 2Find the IP address of the website (more precisely, the server) on the first line, where it says "Pinging Website_Address_You_Entered [X.X.X.X] with 32 bytes of data:"
- 3Notice the connectivity between you machine and the server from the line where it says: "Packets: Sent = X, Received = X, Lost = X (X% loss)," where all the Xs will be replaced by numbers. This gives you an idea of how much percent of the packets sent to the server will be lost.
- 1Type the following command to the command-line prompt, replacing google.com with the website or server you want routing information for:
- tracert google.com
- 2Notice the listing of hops along the route path of packets from your machine to the server. This gives you an idea of how many routers/hops the packet has to travel before reaching the server, starting from your machine.
- 3Use the pathping utility to find information about network latency and network loss at intermediate hops between a source and destination. Type the following to the command-line prompt: pathping google.com.
- Pathping sends multiple Echo Request messages to each router between
a source and destination over a period of time and then computes
results based on the packets returned from each router.
- Pathping sends multiple Echo Request messages to each router between a source and destination over a period of time and then computes results based on the packets returned from each router.
- 1Type the following on the command-line prompt, replacing google.com with the website or server you want DNS information for:
- nslookup google.com
- 2Find the DNS server (first lines) and the IP addresses of the server you queried about.