Re: two questions?
To make ping a bit more manageable, specify the count, or number of pings to send. I use three, because it's quick, and if pings won't get there in three, they won't get there in 156!
chili@LAPTOP60:~/Desktop$ ping -c3 www.google.com
PING www.l.google.com (126.96.36.199) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from yw-in-f103.google.com (188.8.131.52): icmp_seq=1 ttl=242 time=20.9 ms
64 bytes from yw-in-f103.google.com (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=2 ttl=242 time=21.0 ms
64 bytes from yw-in-f103.google.com (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=3 ttl=242 time=21.3 ms
--- www.l.google.com ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2001ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 20.930/21.120/21.364/0.181 ms
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