Network topology [Solved]

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at cox.net
Wed Oct 15 13:49:00 CDT 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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