Stop Worrying About Network Availability Now – Use PRTG for Automated PING Tests

A successful ping test to a network device tells you that the connection is working and that it is reachable. It also tells you the network speed. This is why ping tests are widely used as a basic tool for network monitoring and troubleshooting.

PRTG Network Monitor can constantly run automatic PING tests to all your servers, routers, websites etc. and notify you if one of your network components or connections is down, or if low network speed is detected.

Find out more about PING Monitoring.

Make Sure You Are the First to Learn About Network Problems

The PRTG software auto-discovers your network devices and automatically sets up the most common sensor types, among them PING sensors. You can change the scanning interval, and of course add other devices or websites to be monitored, too.

This way, from now on you will learn about network and website problems before your users do. Try it now, it only takes a few minutes to download, install and set up.


What Does a Successful PING Test Mean?

If the Ping test sensor shows an UP state for a server then you know that the connection to this server is available, the server is running and is able to accept and send network packets.

But a successful PING test does not mean that services running on this server are running ok. This is just a very basic diagnostic tool to check network availability and to run a packet loss test.

For a deeper network analysis, PRTG Network Monitor includes a lot of specific sensors to determine network and server usage, load and performance (including bandwidth calculator and NetFlow analyzer functionality - all included in all licenses, even the freeware). For more information on what PRTG can offer apart from automated Ping tests, please refer to our features overview.

Learn More About PRTG 
in 90 Seconds

More than 200,000 administrators rely on PRTG Network Monitor every day to monitor their LANs, WANs, servers, websites, appliances, URLs, and more. It comes with an easy-to-use web interface and you can easily share data from it with non-technical colleagues or customers, including live graphs and custom reports. But see for yourself what PRTG can do for you!

View video (1:30 min)

What Does a Failed PING Test Mean?

There are numerous reasons for a PING test to fail, the most common one is that the sent packet either did not reach the server or the returning packet was not delivered back to the machine running PRTG Network Monitor. This can be caused by connection problems (line or router failures), routing problems, or simply because a firewall between the server and the monitoring machine has rejected the packet because PINGs are not allowed by the firewall's rules. Note: When monitoring a remote server a small amount of lost PINGs (1-2%) should usually not be considered harmful.

PRTG Network Monitor

PRTG Network Monitor is available in two editions. The Freeware Edition allows you to use 100 sensors and may be downloaded and used for personal and commercial use completely free of charge. Need more sensors to monitor a larger IT infrastructure? See our commercial licenses here.

Apart from PRTG, Paessler also offers load and performance test software.


Network Monitoring Software - Version (December 12th, 2017)


Download for Windows and cloud version (PRTG in the cloud) available


English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese


Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)

Unified Monitoring

Network devices, bandwidth, servers, applications, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and more...

Supported Vendors & Applications

More >>

Related Topics

Copyright © 1998 - 2017 Paessler AG