Testing your building connection
Test your building connection by opening a command prompt and trying to ping a node outside of your building (i.e. ping 188.8.131.52, to reach the nameserver). On a Windows or Unix based computer, the output should resemble the following:
unix-based ~ > ping 184.108.40.206
Pinging 220.127.116.11 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=254
Ping statistics for 22.214.171.124:
Pinging 126.96.36.199 with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Ping statistics for 188.8.131.52:
Again, note the "Lost = 4 (100% loss),". This indicates that no packets are being echoed back to you and that your buildings network may be down. Notice also that you must ping a node that you know is not down.
To verify a building's network connection from a Macintosh computer,
open the Chooser and click on AppleShare. If AppleTalk Zones are displayed,
then your building's network connection is likely working properly.
This method tests the "AppleTalk" protocol. Another test would
be to open an Internet browser, such as Netscape, and try bringing up
a URL that you have never visited before.