A boat this big doesn’t exactly stop on a dime

Which of these can you determine by pinging your default gateway?

A) The number of hops to a web server on the Internet

B) Connectivity to another device on your local subnet

C) The availability of your DNS server

D) The signal strength of your wireless access point

E) Determines if the next turn will be to the port or starboard

The answer: B) Connectivity to another device on your local subnet

Your default gateway will always be on your local subnet, so pinging the device will confirm that your network adapter is working properly, your IP addressing appears to be configured correctly, and you’re able to communicate to another device on your local network. You would then need to ping a device outside of your subnet to confirm that routing is working properly.

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