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Client Ping via Javascript

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Hello!

I need some way to ping an IP using javascript.  The ping has to come from the client, hence the JS dependency, and it should work just as if the client ran ping from their command prompt.  The solutions I've found work in the case that the pinged computer is running a web server, but when this is not the case the pingers will fail.  Does anyone know of a solution that should work for this?

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Question by:RJBuild
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by:spoxox
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Any computer can be set up to refuse ping requests.

If you have a solution that works some times, don't bother trying to make it work for every target.
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by:RJBuild
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The issue is that the solution I have now works only when the server accepts web requests.  For example, I can ping experts-exchange.com via command line or the script, but if I try some location without a web server, the command line succeeds and the web script fails.

For example, google.com will work in both, but try ns.google.com, which succeeds at the command line, fails on the web page as there is no web server there.
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b0lsc0tt earned 2000 total points
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This can't be done just with Javascript.  If you want something that can work in any browser then look at making or finding an applet.  For example a Java applet.  If just an IE solution is sufficient then you could look at an ActiveX object.  The browser itself can't use clientside script to do this, especially based on the client.

Browser security does limit even applets and objects but they can do more if the user is willing to allow them to be downloaded or run.  Most of the times this is a one time warning.  A signed applet or object will be able to do more so you might have to have yours signed if you develop it yourself.

I don't know of a premade applet that will do this, which I could trust.  A google search will offer a number of results.  I'll be happy to try to help you find one if I can but I would recommend making your own, especially if this is something you will distribute to users/visitors and want them to trust.

Let me know if you have question or need more info.

bol
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I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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