Simple TSP problem with open area

Discussion created by Noodles484 on Dec 5, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 10, 2013 by jborgion
Hi,   I have a feature class with about 400 points that are in the ocean.  I'm trying to use the network analyst extension to find the shortest route to travel to each point (as the crow flies more or less).  I'm having trouble creating my network dataset.  I read in another post that I should make a fishnet feature class (of polylines I'm assuming) of the whole area and use that as the roads.  I would have to add a land feature class as a sort of barrier.  Then I could solve the route with using the reorder option.  None of the tutorials I've read have really shown me how to deal with this situation.  Could someone please point me in the correct direction for solving this traveling salesman problem?  Thanks