Whether you want to check the connection between your router and your computer or check your Internet connection, Windows has a handy utility called command prompt, which enables users to perform different tasks using various commands. Although this is beyond the skill set of the average user, it’s always good to know how to do the first two things with the help of the so-called ping command. The next few paragraphs explain the ping command and how to execute it properly.
How to ping your router?
To ping your router first, you must know its default IP address. Finding the router’s IP and ping commands are performed through the command prompt, so the process is as follows.
First you have to open Command Prompt.exist Windows 7you have to type CMD in the search box of the start menu and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
When the command prompt opens, in order to find out what the router’s default IP is, you have to type the following command “configuration“. Look for the section that says Default Gateway. This is your router IP address. In most cases, it will start with 192.168. For example, if you have a Linksys router, this number should be 192.168.1.1.
The next step is to ping the router. While the command prompt is still open, type the following command:
ping 192.168.1.1 -t
Some sources suggest pinging the router without the -t switch at the end. Let us see what is the difference between these two.
ping with or without -t
If you are not sure whether to use the -t switch, read the following and decide.
When you ping the router’s IP address without the -t switch at the end (ping 192.168.1.1), the ping command will send 4 packets to the router, and you will receive 4 responses. In most cases, this is enough to indicate whether the problem is between the router and the PC.
On the other hand, when we add the -t switch at the end ping command (ping 192.168.1.1 -t), the number of packets sent to the router is indeterminate, which means packets will be sent until the user interrupts the command. There are two interrupt modes for this command:
- Ctrl+C – This will stop ping completely
- Ctrl + Break or Ctrl + Pause – This will stop pinging for a few seconds, give a summary up to that point, and continue
Analyzing the results of the ping command can be tricky. However, ideally you should receive the same number of sent packets and have 0% lost packets. This means everything is fine.
use”ping 192.168.1.1 -t“, also known as the serial or extended ping command, can help you check for potential Internet connection or router issues. As you can see, you can do this in a matter of seconds, and you’ll probably get an idea of what’s going on at the time. So, Please try it.You have nothing to lose!