So I have an XBee3 network of 1 coordinator module and 20 router modules. The coordinator module will probably be mounted in a metal control panel with its antenna externally mounted. The 20 router modules will be mounted circumferencially around a metal cylinder structure. The cylinder's edge nearest to the control panel is about 6ft and the diameter-edge that is further away is about 8ft.
So my question is about the flow of the network data transfers. The network devices are all using the ZigBee protocol and so I've just been assuming that means its flowing data in a mesh topology. So, if the metal cylinder structure in between the coordinator and the furtherest router does indeed block direct RF radiation path, does the mesh topology mean that the message would then be passed, for instance, from coordinator to nearest router, around the cylinder to subsequent routers, and then finally to the furtherest router? (just an example)
Is there a way to see the flow of network hops per information communication? like in the xctu network view UI?
I could always mount the coordinator directly above the cylinder, but how to figure this out in theory based on understanding mesh network topology, or the xctu tools at hand?