Sending ping requests in vb5

Im trying to write a program that at regular intervals pings a server/ip address and tells the user whether or not the server is available i'm trying to set it up for my home network so i can tell which computers are online. The only thing I am stuck on is how to send ping requests and read the results so that it will display a message when its online eg "Online" or when its offline "Unavailable." Can anyone help? Thanks
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you could also use the command interpretor to ping an address and redirect the results to a temp file.Then you can use the temp file in a function like so:

Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "Kernel32" (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function GetExitCodeProcess Lib "Kernel32" (ByVal hProcess As Long, lpExitCode As Long) As Long
Private Declare Sub Sleep Lib "Kernel32" (ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)
Const STILL_ACTIVE = &H103

Private Function IsIpAlive(IpAddress As String) As Boolean
Dim hProcess As Long, RetVal As Long, ff As Integer, Ln As String
hProcess = OpenProcess(PROCESS_QUERY_INFORMATION, False, _
    Shell(" /c ping " & IpAddress & " > C:\ping.tmp", vbHide))
    GetExitCodeProcess hProcess, RetVal
    DoEvents: Sleep 100
Loop While RetVal = STILL_ACTIVE
ff = FreeFile
Open "C:\ping.tmp" For Input As #ff
Do Until EOF(ff)
Line Input #ff, Ln
If InStr(1, Ln, "Reply from") > 0 Then
    IsIpAlive = True
    Close #ff
    Kill "C:\ping.tmp"
    Exit Function
End If
IsIpAlive = False
Close #ff
Kill "C:\ping.tmp"
End Function

Private Sub Command1_Click()
MsgBox IsIpAlive("")
End Sub
LordsOfChaosAuthor Commented:
thank you that was very helpful and ive now completed my program
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