Interpreting Ping Results – Cisco Devices

The ping is a very helpful utility to test and troubleshoot network devices connectivity. It uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP). The ping command indicates the source of the problem. It is an initial step in troubleshooting a network failure.

Cisco IOS Ping Indicators

There are several indicators in IOS for ICMP echo request that was sent. The common indicators for ICMP echo are the following:

! – The mark of exclamation indicates that the ping completed successfully and verifies Layer 3 connectivity along the network path. As shown in Figure below, Karak Router Successfully ping Peshawar router, which IP address is


“.” The period indicates that there is some problem in connectivity somewhere along the network path. It also indicates that a router along the network path does not configure a route to the destination. If the ping is not allowed in the device it should also give a reply with “.” Indicator. The first echo request timed out is common in the network If the arp process is required. The figure below shows the ping result from Karak router to laptop 3, where “Karak router” has no route to the network, so its reply with request timed out “.” Indicators.


U – This indicator shows that a router along the network path responded with an ICMP unreachable message because the router did not have a route configure to the destination address. If the ping request is blocked by destination it will also reply with this mark.

Testing the Loopback

To verify the internal IP configuration and protocol stack from the network layer to the physical layer can also be used the ping command instead of putting a signal on the media. The Loopback IP addresses are for IPv4 and ::1 for IPv6.


Extended Ping

The extended ping is one of the best commands offers by Cisco IOS. This is the extended mode of the ping command. To execute extended ping enter ping without destination address in privileged EXEC mode. As shown in the figure below, a series of different prompts are then presented asking different parameters. Pressing Enter without writing something accepts the indicated default values.

The figure below illustrates how to force the source address for a ping to be Peshawar); the source address far a standard ping would be The network administrator can verify from Peshawar Router that the Karak Router has a route to network.