LAN -- # of hops ?

Posted on 2014-08-08
Last Modified: 2015-02-11
How can I find all hops between my managed switches ?

 1. I do a tracert to coworker's IP in another building
 2. system shows one hop, trace complete, no errors
 3. should really show the below since coworker's
     machine is using a different switch
         ** my machine
         ** to my managed switch
         ** to coworker's managed switch
         ** to coworkers machine
Question by:finance_teacher
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    it isn't going to show the managed switch IP address because traffic does not flow through that specific IP. It is only for "Management"
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    by:Jan Springer
    A hop is a layer 3 (routing) term.

    The connection between layer 2 devices is switching.
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    That's because there are no routers (layer 3) in between. You can have 500 switches and they will never show up since they work on Layer 2 and they don't affect the packet in that way.
    Hops belong to Layer 3.

    Author Comment

    Sounds good.

    What network diagramming software/etc do you recommend so I can see the HOPS ?
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    by:Kamran Arshad

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