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    Calculate the average hop count on a WAN network

    Hello all.

    I'm in a debate with a few class members, whether or not it's possible to calculate the average hop count on a WAN network, from a topology point of view. As we know, WAN's can span throughout an entire country, or countries. I don't know if there are any mathematical equations either, as nodes can have a number of links to other nodes.

    I mean an average hop count will change if a node gets taken offline. Bloody doing my head in.

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    you can try with "MTR (My traceroute)".



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    Linux Engineer Kloschüssel's Avatar
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    Oct 2005
    Averaging the hop count from one specific node in a network to another is - in theory - possible. To calculate it one would have to repeat doing a traceroute until one has enough samples so that a statistical analyzation would be representative. Then you can average/min/max values in the collected data, including the round trip times and hop counts.

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