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How to view and interpret the "available peers" list and graph views

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This section refers to clients running version 3.4.0 or above.

The Endpoint list and Endpoint map offer two different views of remote peers that can be accessed by your local Connect Endpoint. The view can be chosen using the List and Map tabs.

Endpoint list

Endpoint List

This shows a list of Endpoints that can be accessed from your Endpoint.

The header section, common to the list and map, shows information about your own Endpoint: its host name, local IP address and whether remote peers access it directly or via a Connection Relay.

The tabular list at the bottom has the following columns:

  • Endpoint Name shows the name of the remote peer.
  • Endpoint Address shows the IP address where the Endpoint is hosted on the network. This address is typically based on the shortest route that can be taken to access the peer. That is, if the peer is another host on your LAN, Connect will normally try to access it directly via its LAN IP address (for example, 192.168.0.10).
  • Connection Type will typically state "Direct" or "Relay". This indicates whether any traffic from your Endpoint flows directly to the other Endpoint. Sometimes a direct peer-to-peer connection cannot be obtained. In such cases, data between peers is redirected via a connection relay. This is particularly common when a peer is using mobile data.
  • Subnets will show a single IP address for a stand-alone Endpoint. Endpoints can also be configured to serve other devices on the same subnet. For example, your network printer cannot run Connect software, but you can configure the Connect Endpoint on your laptop to make it accessible via the TAN. The Subnets column on the TAN might then show both the TAN address of your laptop and the IP address of the printer.

Endpoint Map

Endpoint Map

The Endpoint Map provides a graphical representation of the information in the Endpoint list. Your own Endpoint is placed in the middle of the graph, and peers accessible from your Endpoint are arranged around it.

Subnets behind the remote Endpoints are represented by smaller nodes attached to the peers accessible by your Endpoint. Endpoints have labels with their host names, and can be dragged around with the mouse as needed. The chart can be zoomed in and out with the +/- keys.

Known limitations

  • The list of Endpoints does not reflect whether a particular peer is online. It shows whether the peer would be accessible, given factors such as IAM Policy and approval status, to your Endpoint if it were online. This may change in a future release.