your "Ping" time on FICS
(or anywhere else for that matter)
|Ping stands for
packet Internet groper. Much like a
submarines sonar system, Ping is a function used to
test the reachability of destinations or hosts by sending
them an ICMP echo request and waiting for an echo reply.
Therefore, one may Ping a host to see if it
is available. Not only does Ping determine if a host is
available or online, but it also returns the
amount of time the packet took to get to its destination
host and return to the origin (round trip).
The round-trip time between an echo request and an echo reply allows you to determine the speed of a network connection between two distinct hosts. If a Ping echo reply is not received in a certain amount of time, the Ping is said to be timed out.
Here's how you do it:
While connected to the Internet via dialup or in a networked environment, simply open a DOS window, and at the DOS prompt type "ping" and the Internet address you wish to check. That's it. For example, after opening a DOS window, type:
The ping program will then send by default four of the above mentioned echo requests and will time each one.
For convenience, you should create a
tiny batch file and create a shortcut to it.
Here is one way to do this:
...and then SHORTCUT
Once this is done, click on the Next button at the bottom of this window.
Once this is done, click on the "Finish" button.
Once this is done, click on the OK button.
That should be it! Those steps
worked for me here at with
The one I modified actually now looks like this:
Notice the Cmd line: and the Working: fields are different than the one I just stepped you through. Both shortcuts with my setup work fine but I can't guarantee that for everyone.
Depending upon your system
configuration, you might need
Upon clicking your new shortcut,
Pinging fics.freechess.org [126.96.36.199] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 188.8.131.52: bytes=32
Hopefully your times will be as low, or lower, than these.
Once finished, be sure to type EXIT to close the DOS window.
Note you can use other parameters with the ping command. After experimenting on which ones you're interested in, simply add those to your pingfics.bat batch file.
Happy pinging everyone!