Shortest Route based on multiple Points

Discussion created by schmidlorenz on May 16, 2012
Latest reply on May 16, 2012 by jsandhu-esristaff
Hello Community

First of all I'll describe my idea/project:
I've got multiple points (??? 100 points) in a table/shapefile. Now I would like to find the shortest Way to reach all point with one tour.
The points are no addresses or something like that, because there are no highway, street whatever in the near surrounding. The points are somewhere in the woods, so I could also not pre-built dataset from the federal bureaus.

My Problems: To work with the Network Analyste I need a Network-Dataset, but I've only these multiple points with no path/line which could connect these points.
I trying to make a line between the points with the points-to-line script. Unfortunately this script connects the point (for me) randomly... The second problem was that apart from the first problem every point has only two connected points, but for my analysis every point need a connection to get all possible routes.

My Questions:
How to turn this Points into a network-dataset.
How calculate every possible line between the points.