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Re: Network topology [Solved]

  • From: Larry Sheldon
  • Date: Wed Oct 15 14:49:13 2008

Colin Alston wrote:

Maybe there should be something (I mean like, someone should come up with a standard :P) to trace switches in a path... Problem is I think even then the simple devices won't bother to support it.

I have been away from it for ma while and in truth don't know the answer--but--

To the best of my knowledge, "Layer two Switches" in fact operate as multi-port bridges.

If that is true, then they ought to be transmitting BDUs which should be detectable and used for mapping.

If the switches are all from the same manufacturer, there is a chance that the manufacture has a proprietary mapping tool.
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