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 126.96.36.199, to reach the nameserver). On a Windows or Unix based computer, the output should resemble the following:
unix-based ~ > ping 188.8.131.52
Pinging 184.108.40.206 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=254
Ping statistics for 18.104.22.168:
Pinging 22.214.171.124 with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Ping statistics for 126.96.36.199:
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.