When you are a system or network administrator, you may need to ping multiple IP addresses on the same series/or different networks for monitoring and troubleshooting purpose. There are many free GUI tools and scripts available to accomplish this task in Windows 10. Here I’m going to show my favorite methods and tools you can use regularly to ping multiple IP addresses simultaneously.
Typing below command in the command prompt will ping a device continuously.
Ping -t 10.10.16.16
-t : switch to ping continuously.
See the below example,
Opening several command prompt screens with separate IPs will help if you want o ping fewer IPs simultaneously. But it is not ideal to ping more IPs.
Ping Multiple IPs in Same Range with Single Command Prompt
You can use the below command to ping 254 network devices in the same network range in single command prompt window. It workes well on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers.
Here is the command;
In the above example, it will ping 10.10.11.1 to 10.10.11.254 IPs in single screen as below.
You need to change your local IP series to make it work in your environment.
This may not give a clear indication of the IPs that are not active/pinging. Having a GUI will help in this case. Let’ see the next example.
Angry IP Scanner to Ping Multiple IPs from Windows 10 PC
AngryIP scanner is a free, simple and fully compatible tool with Windows 10. You can set the start and end of the IPs to ping at the same time.
Download the latest version from the official site here. You can install it if you want to have permanently on your Windows 10 computer, or download the executable version to carry with you as a portable tool.
Once you set the range, click Scan. It will scan and provide more details about the hosts.
Here you can easily identify which IP/devices are not pinging (Red) and alive devices (Blue). If you have multiple different IPs in a text file, you can import and ping them as well.
Adding the IP series to Favourites will allow you to recall the series later and ping again. This helps to save the network series in your network to use later.
The drawback of the tool is you can’t add different IPs from different series easily. For example, you can’t ping 10.10.11.25 and 10.10.130.100 at the same time by this tool. It has the limitation of pinging the same series of IPs.
Here is Another tool which does Both Jobs
There is a free tool called ‘FREEping’, it is completely free and easy to use. In below example, I’m monitoring 12 network devices including IP addresses shown in the above example. This FREEping tool continuously communicates (ping) to each device. You can see the status by the color of each entry.
The good thing about this tool is you can ping and monitor multiple IP addresses in different networks also. Before start different network monitoring, make sure your network can communicate to different networks (Routing and permissions)
Green indicates – the host is alive and it can be communicated.
Red indicates– the host cannot be contacted. You can see the error or reason under ‘Error’
Orange indicates (not in this example) – the host is coming up or communication is starting. After sometimes orange will become green.
How to Add Network Devices to FREEping
To add networks devices to FREEping to monitor, follow the steps.
1) Click on Host and Add. Or Host icon.
2) In Host, enter the IP address and give a description. The default data size for pinging is 32bytes, you can increase the size to check the stability of the network.
You can set destination and message to pop up when a host becomes unavailable. More information can be found in FREEping help.
Once pressed OK, the new host will be under monitoring. I hope this guide is useful in pinging multiple IPs at the same time from the command prompt and few third-party tools to ping the same or different series of IP addresses from Windows 10, 8.1 and even Windows 7 computers.