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Fping is a network tool that allows users to check if a remote host is up or down. This tool uses The Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)  echo request to check hosts and is similar to ping but with more functionality and performance because it allows to check multiple hosts.

To install Fping under Ubuntu/Linux Mint, open the terminal and issue these commands:

sudo apt-get install fping

For manual installation, run these commands:

cd /tmp 
wget http://goo.gl/P8zadY -O fping.tar.gz 
cd fpi** 
./configure  
make 
sudo make install

Usage

To ping a host, you can run this command:

fping www.upubuntu.com

To ping multiple hosts, run this command:

fping www.upubuntu.com www.google.com

or

fping 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4

If your hosts are stored in a text file, you can ping them as follows:

fping < hosts.txt

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