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The ping command verifies if a remote IPv4/IPv6 host is functioning and accessible across the network. When you execute the ping command, it sends five (default) sequential ICMP ECHO requests to the host and displays the results.


ping {hostname | ip_address} [ opt ]

hostname The name of the remote host that you want to verify.
ip_address The IP address of the remote host that you want to verify.
  • numerical (specifies to not interpret the IP address as a DNS name)
  • src_addr (specifies the starting or "from" address)
  • v6 (specifies you are using an IPv6 hostname)
  • broadcast (allows pinging to a broadcast address)
  • ttl<hops> (specifies the time-to-live setting for outgoing packets)
  • packetsize<bytes> (specifies the number of data bytes to send)
  • count<packets> (specifies number of echo_requests packets sent, default is 5, maximum is 250)


Valid host

Infoblox > ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.295 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.102 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.155 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.211 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=64 time=0.265 ms
— ping statistics —
5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 4005ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.335/0.562/1.245/0.343 ms

Invalid host

Infoblox > ping jsparrow
pinging jsparrow
ping: unknown host jsparrow

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