When troubleshooting a network integration or any other connection issue in Linux, step one is usually a matter of checking to see if the network port on the other side is even responding.
Netcat -The network Swiss Army knife (Hobbit, not nmap)- is the right tool for the job.
Before we begin, NetCat needs to be installed.
# RHEL / CentOS
~$ yum install nc
# Debian / Ubuntu
~$ apt-get install nc
Once installed, you can invoke Netcat like so:
~$ nc [REMOTE_SERVER] [PORT]
[REMOTE_SERVER] – The server to be checked
[PORT] – The service/port to be checked
Connection to google.com 443 port [tcp/https] succeeded!