Ping is the best way to tell if you have connection or if a site you run is up. I use it to see if something along the client's path is working. Like the firewall or DNS server or website etc. Best use for troubleshooting network connectivity. You can ping your gateway IP to see if you have connection to it or check to see if what your website IP is. Trying pinging Google.com and see what their IP is, at least for today they are huge and have a variable IP I am sure. Hope this helps
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