WiFiNINA WiFi.ping inconsistent results on MKR1010

Using the WiFiping example, pinging an offline device seems to delay the loop() from running beyond the specified coded delay.

Is there a way to force the ping result to error out quicker?

You can easily test this by opening the WiFiping example and entering in a bad host (external, internal or IP address in byte format as IPAddress). Also test it against a working host. All yield the same result for me.

Note: I also see the same result with the example for WiFiWebClient when either attaching to an offline host.

Stock example which responds properly with a good host and unusually long with a bad (offline) host.

void loop() {
  Serial.print("Pinging ");
  Serial.print(": ");

  pingResult = WiFi.ping(hostName); 

  if (pingResult >= 0) { 
    Serial.print("SUCCESS! RTT = ");
    Serial.println(" ms");
  } else { 
    Serial.print("FAILED! Error code: ");

  delay(5000); //<---- Change this to 2000 for a better example


Another example of a simplified full sketch that experiences the same result.

#include <SPI.h>
#include <WiFiNINA.h>

char ssid[] = "MyParanoidNeighborsHouse";
char pass[] = "password";
int status = WL_IDLE_STATUS;

unsigned long startTime = millis ();
IPAddress server(192, 168, 252, 22);

void setup() {


  while (status != WL_CONNECTED) {
    status = WiFi.begin(ssid, pass);

void loop() {
  if (millis() - startTime > 2000) {
    startTime = millis();

This also seems to completely stop the loop if you are using offline IP addresses vs a host name.

Could you please open an issue on Github to track this? Thanks