It’s ok to ping to check internet connectivity?

@SonoMichele Usually I'd ping, as does a GNOME Shell Extension I use that does latency checks.

In my view it's always better to ping IP addresses, especially when they serve as both Anycast responders and DNS servers as well.


@oedmarap makes sense, I’ll ping that. Just a question, what is an Anycast responder?

@SonoMichele "Anycast is a network addressing and routing method in which incoming requests can be routed to a variety of different locations."

While is a single IP address, Cloudflare's entire global network can respond to its requests.

This is how for example they can serve your cached website's files from a number of CDN locations with the same speed; whether the user is in New York or India. The domain's A record IP is the same, but a different datacenter serves the content.

@oedmarap uh nice, didn’t know the name of this technology, thank you!

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