How to Solve Destination Net Unreachable - Ping Error Message

Destination Net Unreachable is one of the common ICMP error messages you see when you ping a remote IP address as part of a ping test in network troubleshooting.

This tutorial explains the meaning of the ICMP error message Destination Net Unreachable and teaches how to fix it.

The first part of this tutorial explains why you receive Destination Net Unreachable error while pinging a web address. The second part of the tutorial teaches how to solve this error.

Let us check what this error message means.

What is The Meaning of the Ping reply Destination Net Unreachable?

This error message tells the ping request from your computer failed to find a route to the destination network.

Reasons for the ICMP Echo Destination Net Unreachable

The ping packet couldn't find the destination network due to any one of the following reasons.

  • Packet Routing issue.

  • The destination network path might be down.

  • An outdated Routing table on the default gateway without a route to the destination.

Technical Explanation of Destination Net Unreachable Ping Reply

When you ping an IP address from your computer, the ping packet goes to the default gateway.

The default gateway will check the destination address of the ping packet and find a route with the routing table entries.

The default gateway is a router.

The default gateway will send the ping packet to the destination address.

However, if the default gateway does not know the path to the desired network, your computer will get a Destination Net Unreachable message.

Let us examine the screenshot I uploaded below. I send ping packets to the global DNS address from my computer.

However, the process went wrong and received the ping error Destination net unreachable on the command prompt.

How to solve Destination Net Unreachable

Let me explain why I received the reply from the IP address when I sent ping packets to

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. C:\Users\sijugk>ping Pinging with 32 bytes of data: Reply from Destination net unreachable. Reply from Destination net unreachable. Reply from Destination net unreachable. Reply from Destination net unreachable. Ping statistics for Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), C:\Users\sijugk>

Here I pinged the IP address from my computer. The ping request went to the default gateway.

The default gateway in my network is a modem. The IP address of the modem is

Which means the default gateway is

The modem failed to find a route to the destination network and replied to my computer with the Destination net unreachable message.

How to Fix the Ping Error Destination Net Unreachable?

I explained the reasons for the ping error Destination Net Unreachable in the first part of this tutorial. Now, let us check how to fix this problem.

I have created a troubleshooting guide for this purpose.

I recommend you follow the steps in the order provided below.

  1. Power Cycle the Network:

    A proper power cycle will refresh the routing table entry and fix loose connection problems. Follow the instructions provided below carefully.

    • Switch off the devices on your network.

    • Disconnect power cables from Modem and Router.

    • Disconnect the Ethernet cables from Modem, Computer, and Router.

    • Reconnect the power and ethernet cables.

    • Power on the Router and wait till the power light is steady.

    • Power on the Modem and wait till the power light is steady.

    • Open Command Prompt and ping a website (for example- ping If you still receive the same ICMP error, follow the next solution.

  2. Delete the Local Hosts Entries

    Third-party applications and malicious programs like viruses can rewrite the local host file on your Windows computer.

    A faulty entry on the local host file can prevent your Windows PC from accessing the Internet and results in Ping errors.

    Let us check how to fix the Destination Net Unreachable error on Windows computers by clearing the local host file.

    • Go to the location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.

    • Right-click on the hosts and open in a Notepad.

    • Delete the entries and save the file.

    • Now ping a remote IP address and check for the issue.

  3. Turn Off the Firewall

    Security Applications installed on your device can cause the ping error Destination Net Unreachable when you access the Internet over a VPN or Proxy.

    Turn off the firewall on your device to check whether the firewall was the reason for the error.

    To turn off the inbuilt Firewall on Windows 11 and Windows 10, follow the instructions.

    • Click on the Windows Start button.

    • Click Control Panel.

    • Click Windows Firewall.

    • Click the Turn Windows Firewall on or off option.

    • Click the Turn-off Windows Firewall radio buttons (both under the Private network settings and Public network settings) under the Customize Settings.

    • Click the OK button to save the settings.

ICMP error messages do not depend on the Operating System on your laptop.

You can see the Destination Net Unreachable error messages on Linux and macOS.

I hope this tutorial helped you resolve Destination Net Unreachable ICMP Error on your computer.

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