Using an Apple iPad with a Synology NAS – Run a ping test using a terminal command

In this video we take a look at how we can run the macOS Ping terminal command from an iPad. A Ping test is a handy troubleshooting tool, that can help you to determine if a device is connected to your home network. However as an iPad was not designed to be able to run terminal commands, we will be using an app called a-Shell.

Note: In this video we make reference to Time to Live (TTL) as a method that can help you determine the operating system of the device you have pinged. The following link lists the TTL value for individual operating systems or devices.https://subinsb.com/default-device-ttl-values/

Quick reference notes:

  • Download and open the a-Shell app
  • To perform a Ping test, at the command prompt type.
Ping [ipaddress or hostname]
  • When you press Enter on the keyboard you computer will continually ping that device, until you tell it to stop.
  • To stop your ping test press Ctrl + C.
  • To Ping a device a specific number of time:
ping -c 5 [ipaddress or hostname]
  • When you press Enter on the keyboard your computer will send 5 pings

Note: You can change the number of pings by using a higher or lower number.

  • To gracefully close your current Terminal session type:
exit
  • When you press Enter on your keyboard the Terminal session will end and you can close the Terminal application.

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