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Request Timed Out -Reason and Solution

While ping to a remote computer from your computer if your computer is not getting a reply from the target computer you will see the message Request Timed Out. In other words, ping error message "Request Timed Out" tells ping command timed out because there is no reply from the destination host. There are many reasons like network connectivity issues, blocking by Firewall etc can cause "Request Timed Out" message. In this article let us check the possible reasons and how to solve this ping error message.

why getting request timed out

How to Troubleshoot Request Timed Out Message

To troubleshoot and solve Request Timed Out message follow the steps below.
  1. Ping Localhost:
    The first step to troubleshooting 'Request Timed Out' error message is to ping the localhost and check whether you are getting a proper reply from it.

    Ping and if you are not getting a proper reply from this address (loopback address) do the following steps.
    1. Disable the Firewall and repeat the process:
      Wrong settings on the firewall can cause Request Timed Out error message.

    2. Uninstall and Reinstall TCP/IP suite:
      To do this step follow the link below.
      Uninstall and Reinstall TCP/IP Suit On Your Computer

  2. Ping Default Gateway :

    If you are getting Request Timed Out message from default gateway, you should power cycle the entire network. To do this follow the steps provided in the link below.
    How to Power Cycle a Network

  3. Ping next hop until the error message comes again

Possible Reasons for the Error Message Request Timed Out
  1. Destination host might be down
  2. There might be no route back to your computer
  3. Firewall installed on the destination host may be blocking ICMP request
There are many other ping error messages which look similar to Request Timed Out but different effects. To learn one of the ping error messages which is similar to request timed out click on the link below.
Ping Error Message Destination Host Unreachable

Sometimes Ping error gives some error codes which help us to isolate and resolve the issue. One of such common ping error code is provided below.
Ping Error code 2 - Reason and fix



Gorila said…
Core net
Anupama Thomas said…
Thank you Alex. Your tips helped me to resolve it.

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