Ping packet size to save bandwidth

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Bandwidth
Ping
Window XP
 I want to Ping continuously to my WAN Link Gateway from my system to  know the availability & reachability of the Link.
If I am doing so then certainly it will consume some precious bandwidth.
So my question is ,what will be minimum possible optimized vaule of a Ping packet So as to save maximum bandwidth ?
By default it is 32 bytes.


Software/Hardware used:
Windows XP machine to ping the gateway IP

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  • jinteik
    yes you can ping it at a smaller size. example is ping 1.1.1.1 -l 2
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  • Tchin
    Agree with Jinteik
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  • petkoa
    I'd be more concerned by the ping interval than by the ping packet size: ping -t -i 5 x.x.x.x will ping x.x.x.x infinitely every five seconds...
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  • carlosdl
    If I'm not wrong, on windows machines the -i argument is not the interval, but the TTL.
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  • petkoa
    @Carlos: Might be -- I've not been running Windows for months, and didn't use under Windows any ping parameters except -t... What is, btw, interval parameter in widows ping? Under Linux, -l is quite tricky: preload ; size/length of packet is specified with -s
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  • carlosdl
    Weird. It seems that there is no interval parameter on windows:
    Usage: ping [-t] [-a] [-n count] [-l size] [-f] [-i TTL] [-v TOS]
                [-r count] [-s count] [[-j host-list] | [-k host-list]]
                [-w timeout] target_name
    
    Options:
        -t             Ping the specified host until stopped.
                       To see statistics and continue - type Control-Break;
                       To stop - type Control-C.
        -a             Resolve addresses to hostnames.
        -n count       Number of echo requests to send.
        -l size        Send buffer size.
        -f             Set Don't Fragment flag in packet.
        -i TTL         Time To Live.
        -v TOS         Type Of Service.
        -r count       Record route for count hops.
        -s count       Timestamp for count hops.
        -j host-list   Loose source route along host-list.
        -k host-list   Strict source route along host-list.
        -w timeout     Timeout in milliseconds to wait for each reply.
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  • Dhavalpatel12
    [...] Ping packet size to save bandwidth [...]
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  • Dhavalpatel12
    Thanks all for the comments,,,, But My question is what would be the minimum possible optimized vaule of the ping packet? OR What minimum value of ping packet We should keep that it will occupy minimum of Bandwidth? I know that we can change the ping packet size on Windows & Linux.. Can anyone comment on the above Question?
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  • Chippy088
    I think the question has been well covered. Many parameters have been discussed, it is now up to you to take the advice on board and try it for yourself. I suggest trying packets of different sizes, from 32 bytes reducing in size, to see if they get lost, if they don't you will have your answer. Ping packets do get lost, so even if a packet of 2 bytes returns a valid response time you cannot guarantee it will always work.
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  • Labnuke99
    Remember though that ping (ICMP) may be blocked and is not necessarily a real good network performance or uptime measurement tool. This is due to the following: 1. As mentioned - ICMP may be blocked so pings will fail. 2. ICMP traffic is typically the lowest priority traffic and will be the first traffic dropped along a path. 3. Other TCP traffic is prioritized so ICMP traffic will sit enqueued until other traffic is processed on an interface which gives inflated high RTTvalues. An alternative testing tool might be tcping This will do part of the 3-way handshake to an end device on a specified port and report back RTT. I find this a better way of measuring true availability and reachability (and packet sizes are small since only the SYN and/or SYN/ACK bits are turned on).
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