Can someone explain to me ping? The network term.

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Can someone explain to me ping? The network term.

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Think of it like a call and response. If I ask the server if it can hear me, how fast does it get back to me? That’s what a ping is.

If I have a 160ms ping it takes 1.6 seconds to input my action into the game or whatever I’m playing

As far as I remember it’s essentially the time it takes for you to send data and receive data from a server.

The bigger the number the longer it takes for you to send and recieve data. Hence why in gaming people with very high pings have massive lag.

Ping as a verb means to test the connection between your computer and some other computer (or server) on the internet or network.

Ping as a noun (as often seen in games, such as 60 ms) is a metric that tells you the round trip time (RTT) from your computer, to the destination, and back.

Like ping pong, ping is a request to see if somebody is there. You get a time for the return message 🙂