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Network Topology Window Overview


The topology in the main window provides various options for managing layout and settings. For example, you can group, ungroup, circle, and distribute selected nodes, or you can position the coordinates of the selected nodes by latitude and longitude. You can configure settings to display node and link labels by name, hostname, or IP address. You can also filter the network elements displayed in the topology by device vendors (types), groups, protocols, autonomous systems (ASs), IS-IS areas, OSPF areas, and link status.

You can conveniently launch various actions by right-clicking a device or link in the topology. For example, from a device, you can run CLI commands, view real-time CPU usage, perform a traceroute operation, or display real-time interface and tunnel traffic. From a link, you can poll real-time link traffic, display a link traffic chart, or display link status.

The network topology is the primary work area in IP/MPLSView and displays important link and node properties. The main window is divided into three panes: the left pane changes the settings of the topology, the right pane displays the network topology, and the bottom pane displays the tables for nodes (devices), links, tunnels, and interfaces.

Figure 1 shows the topology.

Figure 1: Main Window
Main Window

Selecting a network element (device or link) in the topology displays a description of the element in a pop-up window in the map pane. Right-clicking a device or link on the map opens a pop-up menu for more functions.

Links are color-coded according to a specified link property such as media type, trunk type, or vendor. By default, the links are displayed by link utilization. Alternatively, you can view links by other properties such as media, trunk type, vendor, or domain/area. Nodes are displayed as icons color-coded by vendor.

The network topology accessible from the IP/MPLSView Web interface supports the following features:

Detailed element information drill-down Network menu
Customizable topology views for the live networkTopology
Heat map displayTopology
Time series correlationPerformance menu
Additional node information from collected dataFault menu, Tools menu
Device performance dataPerformance menu, Tools menu
Traffic information for a linkFault menu, Performance menu
Link latencyRight-click link in Topology
Sub-views for protocols and tunnelsNetwork menu, right-click device or link in Topology
Retrieved protocol statusNetwork menu, right-click device in Topology
Retrieved historical network and device performanceRight-click device in Topology
CLI commands launched from the topology window show the device configurationRight-click device in Topology, Performance menu
Ping diagnosticsPerformance menu
Path highlightingSelect from node, link, tunnel or SRLG tables in main window

The tables for nodes (devices), links, tunnels, and interfaces interact with the network topology and respond to your actions. For example, when you right-click a device on the topology and select Interfaces at Node from the pop-up menu, the interfaces table displays the interfaces that originate at the selected device.