Best Ping Test IP Addresses (Google DNS 8.8.8.8, Cloudflare DNS 1.1.1.1)

Ping tests are an important part of the network administrators’ daily operations. Ping tests are generally done according to the target location. Even there are different IP addresses for ping tests the 8.8.8.8 is the most popular IP address for the internet connectivity ping test but also the 1.1.1.1 IP address is also used for the ping connectivity tests.

What Is 8.8.8.8 Ip Address?

As the most popular IP address of the internet the 8.8.8.8 and it’s alternative 8.8.4.4 is the DNS server provided by Google. These IP addresses generally used as DNS servers in order to resolve domain names into IP addresses. Especially the 8.8.8.8 is used to prevent DNS related web site and domain name blocking which is generally limited by governments. 8.8.8.8 became so popular because it was very easy to remember as an IPv4 address because all octets are 8. Even Google provides the 8.8.4.4 IP address the easy to remember feature made 8.8.8.8 very popular. The 8.8.8.8 address provides the DNS server which is open all over the internet and there is no blocking to access and ping this IP address. It is the first choice for the ping test for internet access and connectivity.

The network connection to the 8.8.8.8 Google DNS service can be tested with the ping command like below.

$ ping 8.8.8.8

The output is like below as we can see that the time or RTT is very low.

Ping Test 8.8.8.8 Google

Alternatively, the 8.8.4.4 IP address can be also used ping test which provides similar performance and functionality to the 8.8.8.8.

$ ping 8.8.4.4

We can also use the 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 IP addresses for network tracing where every hope from the current computer to the Google DNS server IP address will be printed.

$ tracert 8.8.8.8

From the output we can see that the current computer can access with 12 hops to the 8.8.8.8 which is very similar to the ping command.

Tracert 8.8.8.8 Google

What Is 1.1.1.1 Ip Address?

Cloudflare is one of the most popular DDOS Mitigation, CDN, and related service provider. It has different data center locations all over the world and also providing DNS service. 1.1.1.1 is a DNS server that is created on 1 April 2018 by Cloudflare. Like the Google public DNS server, it can be accessed all over the internet. There is also an alternative version of 1.1.1.1 which is 1.0.0.1. The 1.1.1.1 DNS server and services are created for use with easy to remember numbering. The ping can be used to test via 1.1.1.1 DNS service.

$ ping 1.1.1.1

The output will be like below as we can see that the time is very very low which is about 1-2 milliseconds. This is faster than Google DNS service time.

Ping Test 1.1.1.1 Cloudflare

Alternatively, the 1.0.0.1 IP address can be also used ping test which provides similar performance and functionality to the 1.1.1.1.

$ ping 1.0.0.1

The Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 IP address can be used for traceroute which will show every hop to the nearist Cloudflare data center.

$ tracert 1.1.1.1

From the output, we can see that the tracert take 10 hops to the target 1.1.1.1 IP address which is less than 8.8.8.8.

Tracert 1.1.1.1 Cloudflare

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