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Is it possible to ping my server or host but without typing in the address as I do not know the server's address?

If not is there a small program which allows me to do it?
Something that even an idiot would know how to use.

I just want to ping and get back the result but I do not know the address that are available and the server would not be connected online. Its just a LAN, host to client thats it.

One more thing it should be for use in either DOS or Windows.  
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by:jure_puhek
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If you know the host name of the server (not its address) reverse address resolution can be used.

ping -a acounpter.mydomain.com
or
ping -a myhost

If youre not using DNS, try looking into hosts file on local computer. maybe you'll have some luck there. ;)

There are a lot of tools designed to help inspect domains. NSLOOKUP (OS independent), DIG (linux, unix) etc... If ping doesnt help, try nslookup. help in this application will give you instructions on how to use it.

Hope this helps,

Jure
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by:cincin77
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what do you know about the server?
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by:lowwages
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You know nothing about the server just that it is there. Not even its name. I just want to test the connectivity between the server and the PC but they are both not connected online just to each other via wireless link.

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by:jure_puhek
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If you mean something like "broadcast ping", thisone does not esist. ICMP standard is not designed in this way. Sorry, you'll have to give us more information...

j.
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by:lowwages
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Is there a way to get the address of the server from the PC and using the address obtained to ping the server?

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by:cincin77
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ok to test the wireless connectivity you can send and receive packets between these machines. what kind of a wireless link?i.e a wireless LAN or direct point to point link?

i think both machines should have TCP stacks. but you dont know anything about the IP addresses? no IP addresses no ping:)
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by:lowwages
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Is there a way to get the address of the server from the PC and using the address obtained to ping the server?

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by:lowwages
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Wireless LAN. I am doing this to idiot-proof the test.
so that all that is needed might just be one command. Be it a few commands but i can script it.
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by:cincin77
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in order to grab the ip address of the server, check for a wireless sniffer.

if you dont know anything about the server, why do you want to know if you have connectivity? if u are sure that u have conncetivity, what will you do with this information?
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by:lowwages
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Wireless LAN. I am doing this to idiot-proof the test.
so that all that is needed might just be one command. Be it a few commands but i can script it.
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by:lowwages
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problem is unsure of the wireless LAN card in the PC is working.
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by:cincin77
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which wireless card do you use?
which operating system do u use?
for a windows machine, the network icon can state that if teh connectivity is there or not.
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by:cincin77
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which wireless card do you use?
which operating system do u use?
for a windows machine, the network icon can state that if teh connectivity is there or not.
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by:lowwages
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problem is unsure of the wireless LAN card in the PC is working.
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by:lowwages
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hmm true about the windows thing...

I guess there is no way to check it for certain using ping am I right to day that?

Card used is from Actiontec
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cincin77 earned 200 total points
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sorry but if u dont know the ip address of the remote end, the ping cannot be used.
you should check for the manuals of your wireless card for the connectivity problems.
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by:lowwages
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hmm true about the windows thing...

I guess there is no way to check it for certain using ping am I right to day that?

Card used is from Actiontec
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by:lowwages
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Since you have the replied most of my question I'll accept your ans. even though my question still remains unanswered.

Enjoy!
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