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8 Feb 2022

What is ping

An Internet connection has a more important term than kbps or Mbps, which is ping or latency. In fact, “ping” is a measuring standard, which helps to measure how long it takes you to connect to your client’s device (laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile) to an Internet server.


No matter what you do on the Internet — download a file, gaming online, read an article from TechWave, you have to face the ping for every click in your browser. The importance of a low ping rate is, of course, the most important to connect to a web server, no matter how many kbps or Mbps connection you are using, but once connected to the server, packets (images, text, code) from the server are faster. It has the capacity of KBPS or MBPS to reach your device.


Where is ping used?


“Ping” means that when connecting between two computers, it measures how often each packet is received from one computer to another. If you do not know about packets, you can read the article on how the Internet works.


You may have noticed, when you click on a website to open, it does not load immediately, but once it opens the website, it takes a while to click on another page, and this is latency.


To illustrate the matter a little further, suppose you put a tube in the mouth of a water pump, to water your garden tree. As soon as you start the pump, the water will not start to fall through the other end of the tube; So the latency is the delay in the water coming from the mouth of the pump to the other end of the tube. Ping measures the latency of the connection between two computers.


Many think “ping” and latency are the same, in fact two things but not one at all. “Ping” is a network utility for measuring latency and “latency” is the time between a server and a client.


How does this ping work?


It usually works on a term, given how it works;


Your computer sends a small amount of data to a server computer.


The server computer accepts the request, and verifies whether it has asked for a response and whether it is eligible to receive it.


When everything is right, the server computer sends the packets you need.



Why ping-rate is low?



Many factors depend on the ping-rate or response time or latency of different ISPs or different servers. The ping-rate may increase if the web server you are trying to receive packets from is far away.


Again, if the connection between the server and your computer such as fiber optic cable is bad, ping-rate may increase.


Is Zero Ping-Rate Possible?


Zero ping-rate is never possible to answer in one word. According to physics, just as every object takes a certain amount of time to come from somewhere, it will take some time for data packets to move from one computer to another.


No matter how close your server is, even if you ping a computer on your home server or your local area network, it will take 1-2  milliseconds to get a response.