The Topology Viewer (Network Explorer –> Topology) enables you to visualize the network in a graph from several viewpoints:
- The Aggregate Network Topology, showing the general Layer 2 paths of the network;
- The L2 nHop Network Topology, showing the Layer 2 switching paths of the network;
- The L3 nHop Network Topology, showing the Layer 3 switching/routing paths of the network;
- The L2/L3 Most Likely Path Network Topology, indicating the spanning tree paths preferred by switched network traffic in the network;
- The L3 Most Likely Path Network Topology, indicating the routed paths preferred by most packet flows in the network;
- The VLAN Network Topology, mapping the paths of VLANs throughout the network.
For how to work with the topology graph in the Topology Viewer, see the following sections:
- Filtering Devices in the Topology Graph
- Searching for Devices
- Viewing Device Data
- Manipulating the Topology Graph
- Saving and Deleting Custom Views
- Exporting the Graph
- Configuring Topology Viewer Settings
Note: For optimum performance during interactive editing of large network graphs, it is recommended to enable hardware acceleration in the browser. It is also beneficial to make sure the client device’s GPU drivers are up-to-date as this will often increase performance within the viewer.