Performing Ping tests on a Mac
In order to test connectivity and latency, we can instruct your computer to send and receive small amounts of data to one of Google’s servers, and to the equipment at your accommodation (these are called pings). For this we can use an application called Terminal, which is installed on your computer by default.
Performing a Ping Test:
- Open your Applications folder, then open the Utilities folder.
- Within the Applications folder, select and open Terminal. You will need to open two of these windows (Press cmd and n).
- Line up the windows side by side and enter the following commands, one in each window: First window: ping -c 100 google.co.uk
- Press Enter to start the command in each window.
- Allow all 100 pings to be completed. You will know when the test is finished as the text will stop scrolling and you will see the words “ping statistics“
- Take a screenshot of the results, without cropping the image so that we can see the time stamp
- Send the result to email@example.com, mentioning your issue reference number
Second window: ping -c 100 gw
Your screenshot should look something like below: