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Chapter 27. Troubleshooting Your Network > Testing Network Connectivity

Testing Network Connectivity

A few tools can help you determine whether the network can send data between computers; these tools test the network protocols as well as low-level network hardware layers.

ping

ping is a fundamental tool for testing TCP/IP network connectivity. Because most Windows 2000 Professional networks use the Internet (TCP/IP) protocol for file and printer sharing services, as well as for Internet access, most Windows 2000 Professional users can use the ping test to confirm that their network cabling, hardware, and the TCP/IP protocol are all functioning correctly. ping sends several data packets to a specified computer and waits for the other computer to send the packets back. By default, it sends four packets and prints the results of the four tests.


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