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Many people assume that ICMP Echo, more familiar as" ping", is a valid tool for measuring the performance and behavior of the internet.

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That assumption is incorrect.  Ping is a tool of value mainly for determining whether connectivity exists or not.  Ping is a weak tool for measuring delay, variation in delay (jitter), and throughput.

Key Topics Covered:

  • What are ICMP and ICMP Echo?
  • How does Ping work
  • What does Ping do well?
  • What does Ping do poorly?
  • What are the alternatives to Ping?

Protocols Discussed:

  • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)

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