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.

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:
  • When you press Enter on your keyboard the Terminal session will end and you can close the Terminal application.

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