What is a ping?

You may have heard what a ping is, especially on internet speed tests.

No, this has nothing to do with the old game Pong or Ping Pong.

A ping is a little message sent to a server. It is typically timed; your computer sends a message to the server and the server sends something back.

Now this is useful to estimate Internet speed to a certain server. Multiplayer games use this to indicate whether gameplay will be laggy or not.
Pings do not work on public (unsecure) networks (through command prompt).

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