How to Use Flood Pinging

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How to Use Flood Pinging
Using flood ping on a computer with limited resources can cause severe damage. (computer image by blaine stiger from

The ping tool is a computer process intended to diagnose network issues. The ping tool is run at the command prompt or from a custom network diagnosing software. Ping requires an IP address or URL in order to determine where it should send the data. Ping can also carry options such as flood. When using the flood option with a ping command, new data is sent as soon as it is received. This is useful when a network administrator needs to know exactly when a connection is lost, but it can also be dangerous. Flood pinging can damage network connections over a long period of time. The flood pinging option is not included in the Windows command line ping utility.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Flood Ping from Unix or Linux

  1. 1

    Launch the terminal by pressing "Ctrl," "Alt," and "t" simultaneously. The terminal command shell will appear on the screen.

  2. 2

    Type the flood ping command. At the command line, type "ping -f" and then a space and the IP address of the computer that will receive the flood ping. Information will begin to appear in the terminal one line at a time. The data will continue to appear as long as the network connection between the computers is accessible.

  3. 3

    Close the terminal to terminate the flood ping. Once the necessary data has been collected, click the "x" in the upper right hand corner of the terminal to close it.

    Flood Ping from Windows with Joe's Ping Tool

  1. 1

    Download and install Joe's Ping Tool. Once the file is finished downloading, double click the icon to launch the installation wizard. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.

  2. 2

    Launch Joe's Ping Tool by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Nettools," "Joe's Ping Tool."

  3. 3

    Click "Flood Ping" on the menu bar. A dialogue box will appear on the screen.

  4. 4

    Type the IP address or URL of the computer that will receive the flood ping in the text box in the "Flood Ping" dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Perform the flood ping. Click "Continue." The flood ping will execute and the resultant data will be displayed in the standard Joe's Ping Tool window.

  6. 6

    Close "Joe's Ping Tool" to end the flood ping.

    Flood Ping from Windows with Flood Ping Breaker

  1. 1

    Download Flood Ping Breaker.

  2. 2

    Unzip the software. Right click the icon and select "Extract here."

  3. 3

    Install the software. Double click "setup.exe," then follow the instructions on the screen.

  4. 4

    Launch Flood Ping Breaker. Double click the "Flood Ping Breaker" icon on the desktop.

  5. 5

    Type the IP address or URL of the computer that will receive the flood ping, then press "Start." Data regarding the progress of the flood ping will be printed on the screen as it comes back. When done with the flood ping, close the software to end the flood ping.

Tips and warnings

  • Running a flood ping on a computer without the knowledge and consent of the owner of that computer is illegal.

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