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Ive been reading alot about ping issues at different topics, where customers are getting decent speeds but they’re not satisfied with the ping… So i had a question what is ping and how does it effect the overall internet service/speed…
Also, whats the point in testing speed through different servers?
Remember Ping-Pong? It’s also commonly known as table-tennis. A white ball is pinged and ponged from one player to other player. First player send the ball (ping) and other player return back the ball (pong). That’s the same terminology used in computer networking.
Computer sends a small message to other computer over network, and the “other computer” return back the same message back to original computer. The difference of time between sending and receiving message (latency) is showed when you “ping” any computer. Higher latency means that it will create overhead (delay) when communicating with that computer.
1) Computer A starts stop-watch.
2) Computer A send “hello” to Computer B
3) Computer B send-back “hello” to Computer A
4) Computer A receive “hello” from Computer B
5) Computer A stops stop-watch.
6) Computer A calculate the time it took for message to rebound from Computer B and thus display the time to user.
I tried to explain in very easy language for non-tech people. Hopefully, you got some idea