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Old 03-05-2011, 11:54 PM   #1

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ping alternatives?
I know that ping is a very useful tool for testing the connectivity to a website. However, there's a little problem: some servers are configured to not respond to ICMP requests, in which case the user will get a "Request timed out" message.

If this happens, are there any other ways to see how long it takes to connect to a site? For example, would sending an HTTP request to see how long it takes to load the first X bytes of the home page work in the same manner as ping?
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