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Old 16-05-2007, 07:22
joeann90
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can anyone tell me what the ms ping sign means when you go to the speedtest web site ,it is in the bottom left hand corner,i am getting different variations in my ping,one time it is as low as 68ms then if i do a test again it is up at 95 or something,is it better to get a low ping or a higher ping i am on a 10 mb broadband from virgin any one shed some light on this ping thing to clarify for me and anyone else who was wondering about it
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Old 16-05-2007, 08:05
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A ping is the time it takes for what's called an Echo Request to be set to a remote host and then a response received by the sender this number is measured in Milliseconds.

A Millisecond is one thousandth of a second, so in your example lets say the remote host was a Server in London, it took your pc 95ms or approx 1/10 of a second to send a single request to this Server and get a response back.

There are many many factors that affect your ping, such as distance from server, current server/client activity (multiple tests at the same time), etc that's why it can fluctuate on each test.

Generally lower is better but this Isn't really noticed if just browsing websites and downloading software, users who more notice lower ping replies are online games players (and I mean proper online games where high amounts of data are transmitted).

Though 68/95ms pings aint that cracking they are nothing to worry about its more then sufficient.

If you want to see some examples if pings, if using windows XP Click Start > Run and in the box type in CMD and press enter. You will then be presented with a command prompt, type in "ping www.google.com" (excluding the quotes and again press enter. Your pc will then go on to ping google 4 times and display some results of how long it as taken for your pc to contact google.com.

So for me mine was
Minumum = 29ms, Maximum = 30ms, Average = 29ms

If your really interested you can even see how many Hops (number of devices you requests passes through to get to the destination).

Again from the some cmd prompt type in excluding the quotes "tracert www.google.com".

This of course works for any any address, if you get no response it doesn't mean that you can't contact the site it just could mean that the specific sites has been set up to not response to pings etc.
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Old 17-05-2007, 00:30
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[quote=Jez_Gafys;14571032]A ping is the time it takes for what's called an Echo Request to be set to a remote host and then a response received by the sender this number is measured in Milliseconds.

A Millisecond is one thousandth of a second, so in your example lets say the remote host was a Server in London, it took your pc 95ms or approx 1/10 of a second to send a single request to this Server and get a response back.

There are many many factors that affect your ping, such as distance from server, current server/client activity (multiple tests at the same time), etc that's why it can fluctuate on each test.

Generally lower is better but this Isn't really noticed if just browsing websites and downloading software, users who more notice lower ping replies are online games players (and I mean proper online games where high amounts of data are transmitted).

Though 68/95ms pings aint that cracking they are nothing to worry about its more then sufficient.

If you want to see some examples if pings, if using windows XP Click Start > Run and in the box type in CMD and press enter. You will then be presented with a command prompt, type in "ping www.google.com" (excluding the quotes and again press enter. Your pc will then go on to ping google 4 times and display some results of how long it as taken for your pc to contact google.com.

So for me mine was
Minumum = 29ms, Maximum = 30ms, Average = 29ms

If your really interested you can even see how many Hops (number of devices you requests passes through to get to the destination).

Again from the some cmd prompt type in excluding the quotes "tracert www.google.com".

This of course works for any any address, if you get no response it doesn't mean that you can't contact the site it just could mean that the specific sites has been set up to not response to pings etc.[/QUOTE

i could not have put it any better
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Old 17-05-2007, 00:40
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Talk about thorough hehehe
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