Ping is a tool that allows you to define the transfer time of a message or data between two computers, either between Mac and an Internet server. It is also a good way to solve file sharing problems for example.
It should be noted that ping differs from raw speed. It is therefore possible that your access provider offers a very fast service, but that the quality of its ping is poor. This is why, sometimes it happens that the internet speed is fast but that there are latencies on certain sites.
If you have the impression that your Internet connection is slow or that it is malfunctioning, then check its status using your ping. In this article, we give you three tips.
Ping with Network Utility
To test ping on your Mac, use the Network Utility app. To do this :
- Click on the magnifying glass at the top right.
- type Network utility and open it.
- Go to option ping.
- Fill in the field Enter the network address to test with the website's IP address or URL.
- Click on ping.
When the Network Utility analyzes the ping, it returns the results to you as you go. Each test indicates the size of the packet (for example "64 bytes") as well as the list of Internet service providers and, at the end, the ping speed measured in milliseconds.
Ping with Terminal
You can also test the ping on Mac using the application Terminal.
- Go to the folder Application then Utilities.
- Select the application Terminal.
- Enter "ping" followed by the website's IP address or URL.
- Press the Enter key on your Mac.
- Let the ping program run, Terminal tests the ping several times.
- To stop the process press Ctrl + C.
Ping with the Speedtest by Ookla app
Finally, the third and final solution for pinging the Mac is to use a third-party application such as Ookla's Speedtest.
- Download for free Speedtest by Ookla in the App Store.
- Open the app.
- Lalerte Speedtest would like to use your current location pageantry, click To allow.
- Start the operation with Go.
Once started, Speedtest tells you the download speed and measures packet loss, ping and jitter.
Packet loss: the data units are called packets. When sending and receiving these, some may not reach the destination address. This is known as packet loss.
Jitter: it is the variation of the latency, it shows the stability of your ping. It is measured in ms and the lower the value the better.
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