The ping is a tool that allows you to set the time of the transfer of a message or data between two computers, or between a Mac and an Internet server. It is also a good way to solve the problems of file sharing for example.
It should be noted that the ping differs from the raw speed. Therefore, it is possible that your internet provider offers a very fast service, but the quality of his ping is low. This is why, sometimes it happens that the internet speed is fast but there are latencies on some sites.
If you have the impression that your Internet connection is slow or it does not function properly, then verify its status by using your ping. In this article, we give you three tips.
Do a ping with the network Utility.
To test ping on your Mac, use the network Utility application. To do this :
Click on the magnifying glass in the top right.
Type network Utility and open it.
Go to the Ping option.
Fill in the field Enter the network address to test with the IP address or the URL of the website.
Click on Ping.
When the Utility of network analysis to the ping, it returns you the results as and. Each test indicates the size of the package (for example “64 bytes”) as well as the list of Internet access providers and, in the end, the speed of ping measured in milliseconds.
Do a ping with the Terminal .
You can also test the ping on Mac using the Terminal application.
Go to the Application folder and then Utilities.
Select the Terminal application.
Type “ping” followed by the IP address or the URL of the website.
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.
Do a ping with the application Speedtest by Ookla.
Finally, the third and last solution to do a ping on Mac is to use a third-party application such as Speedtest from Ookla.
Download the free Speedtest by Ookla in the App Store.
Open the app.
The alert Speedtest would like to use your current location appears, click Allow.
Start the operation with Gb.
Once launched, Speedtest shows the download speed, and measure the packet loss, ping and jitter.
Packet loss : the units of data are called packets. When sending and receiving them, it may be that some do not reach the destination address. This is what is called 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 it is.