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Ping and Internet Speed

Ping is a computer network administration utility used to test the reach ability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network and to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer. The name comes from active sonar terminology which sends a pulse of sound and listens for the echo to detect objects underwater.

Ping operates by sending Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request packets to the target host and waiting for an ICMP response. In the process it measures the time from transmission to reception (round-trip time) and records any packet loss. The results of the test are printed in the form of a statistical summary of the response packets received, including the minimum, maximum, and the mean round-trip times, and sometimes the standard deviation of the mean.

Depending on actual implementation, the ping utility may be executed with various command-line switches to enable special operational modes. For example, options include specifying the packet size of the probe, automatic repeated operation for sending a specified count of probes, and time stamping.

A ping is how long it takes for data to travel to the server and back. A ping of 20 means that it takes 20 milliseconds (0.02 seconds) to travel to and from the server. If you were to download let's say, a 2GB movie, it would take approximately an hour to complete. If you were to send that another person, it will take more than twice as long.

1 MBPS means that you download 1 megabyte every second. (Although 25 or higher is naturally better) Your internet speed can be increased by downloading fewer thing.

A ping of 20 is a good result fine for all Internet applications to work very well assuming you has sufficient bandwidth.

How do you find Ping and the speed of your connection.

Try these which give both Ping and download and upload speeds.

BT Wholesale Broadband Performance Test

http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/

Ookla Speed test results are very accurate.

http://www.speedtest.net/

Note: - Do not test over Festival or late Friday night periods this is when ISPís carry out their maintenance!