|Definition||:||Packet InterNet Gopher|
|Category||:||Computing » Networking|
What does PING mean?
Ping is a utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network. It works by sending an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request (Ping) and waits for a reply (Pong). The terms "Ping" and "Pong" have nothing to do with the game of Ping-Pong. The word ping came from the sound that a submarine's sonar makes when it bounces off physical objects underwater.
It is often believed that "Ping" is an acronym for Packet InterNet Groper, but Ping's author has stated that the names comes from the sound that a sonar makes. The Ping utility was originally developed in late 1983 by Mike Muuss.