Computer Network Diagrams

This solution extends ConceptDraw PRO software with samples, templates and libraries of network icons that will help you create professional-looking network diagrams quickly and easily. Using the network diagram template gives you the ability to clearly represent and communicate network architecture, topology, and design to engineers, stakeholders and end-users.


There are 8 libraries containing 245 objects in the Computer Network Diagrams solution.

Design Elements — Logical Symbols

Design Elements — Logical Symbols

Design Elements — Computer Network

Design Elements —  Computer Network

Design Elements — Network Hardware


Design Elements — Network Hardware

Design Elements — Computers and Network Isometric

Design Elements — Computers and Network Isometric

Design Elements — Internet Symbols

Design Elements — Internet Symbols

Design Elements — Computer Peripheral Devices

Design Elements — Computer Peripheral Devices

Design Elements — Logical Network Diagram

Design Elements — Logical Network Diagram

Design Elements — External Digital Devices

Design Elements — External Digital Devices

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Computer Network Diagrams solution, and they demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities and the results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, Power point Presentation, image or MS Visio XML) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Computer Network Diagrams Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: 10Base-T Star Network Topology Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Computer Network and Network Hardware Libraries from the Computer Network Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

How to draw a network diagram quickly and easily? ConceptDraw PRO has extended the possibilities with the Computer Network Diagrams Solution, that gives you the possibility to draw a computer network diagram of any complexity without any compications. This sample shows a 10Base-T Star Network Topology Diagram.

How to draw a network diagram

Example 2: Computer Network Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Computer Network, Computers and Network Isometric Libraries from the Computer Network Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample demonstrates a Computer Network Diagram. The easiest way to draw a similar diagram is to open the network diagram template from ConceptDraw Solution Browser and to fill it with the help of the numerous libraries of vector networking icons available.

network diagram template

Example 3: Bus Network Topology Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Computer Network and Network Hardware Libraries from the Computer Network Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

Network topology is the arrangement of the various elements of a computer network. There are many types of computer network topologies. This sample diagram visualizes one of them - Bus Network Topology.

networking icons available

Example 4: Regional Cable head-end Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Computer Network and Network Hardware Libraries from the Computer Network Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows a Regional Cable head-end Diagram. All network icons for this diagram were taken from the predesigned libraries of the Computer Network Diagrams Solution. Any network icon can be changed according to your specifications – you can resize it, change the color or the text. For example, you can note that the clouds on this diagram are similar but are differently sized.

network icon

Example 5: Wireless Router Network Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Computer Network, Computers and Network Isometric, Network Hardware, Logical Network Diagram, and Computer Peripheral Devices Library from the Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample illustrates a Wireless Router Network Diagram. A wireless network is a very popular and widely used type of computer network. It uses wireless data connections for connecting network nodes. This type of network allows the user to simultaneously connect a large number of network devices through a router.

Wireless Router Network Diagram

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Computer Network Diagrams Solution for Mac OS X

Computer Network Diagrams Solution for Microsoft Windows

What I Need to Get Started

To get started you will need ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP and the Computer and Networks solution. You can find the solution in the Universal Diagramming Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Make sure that you install it on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP and ConceptDraw Store. Install the Computer and Networks solution using ConceptDraw Store.

Computer Network Diagrams Solution — Install

Start using

Start creating diagrams from the Store.

Computer Network Diagrams Solution — Start

Start organizing equipment in your mind map from the ConceptDraw MINDMAP Input tab.


How To Create a Logical Network Diagram using ConceptDraw PRO

  1. Choose a Logical Network Diagram template from the Solution Browser under the Computers Network Diagrams solution to create a new document.

    Template Gallery

  2. To create a Logical Network Diagram, insert predefined libraries objects into the document. You can link them using the Curve or Bezier Connector tools, add texts to the objects, and add notes to provide a more detailed description if necessary.

    Network Logical Diagram

  3. Use callouts and group boxes to show network areas and/or groups.
  4. Print and keep the document for reference.


How To Create a Network Communication Diagram

A Network Communication Diagram shows primary corporate network communications.

  1. Use the Computer Network Diagram template from the Solution Browser under the Computers Network Diagrams solution to create a new document. A new document with a simple office plan will be created.

    Template Gallery

  2. To create a Communication Network Diagram, insert predefined libraries objects into the document. You can link them using the Direct Connector tool, add texts to the objects, and add notes to provide a more detailed description if necessary.

    network-communication-diagram



How To Create a Network Layout Diagram

The Network Layout Diagram is used to show the location of your company network equipment. To create a Physical Network Diagram, you should draw your office layout and your network equipment.

  1. Use the Network Layout Diagram template from Solution Browser under the Ntwork Layout Floor Plan solution to create a new document. A new document with a simple office plan will be created.

    Network Layout Diagram  template

  2. Use floor plan elements to draw the layout of your office.

    Office Network layout template

  3. Add network equipment on your office plan and add notes to your equipment.

    Office Network layout

  4. You may want to use a different layer for your equipment; by using layers you are able to show/hide your network equipment with just one-click. You can do this by turning the Layers dialog on and then dragging and dropping your network objects onto the other layer. Now you can show or hide your equipment by simply switching the corresponding layer on/off.

    Office Network floor plan


How To Create a Rack Diagram

A Rack diagram is used for creating documentation about your servers.

  1. Use the Rack Diagram template from Solution Browser under the Rack Diagram solition to create a new document. A new document with rack, KVM switch, Ethernet switch, and 2U server elements will be created.

    Rack-diagrams-solution

  2. Use other network equipment objects from the Rack Elements Library to enhance your diagram. Since there is network equipment contained in racks, you can use notes, callouts, or custom properties (user defined properties) to enter more detailed information about the item. Notes and callouts can be found in ConceptDraw PRO libraries and custom properties can be added to any drawing object. To add a custom property, right-click on any ConceptDraw object and choose Add Custom Property.

    Rack-diagrams-template

  3. To change the rack height, select the rack and click Action (a small blue arrow located in the upper-right corner of the rack). Several options for changing the rack size are available.

    Rack-diagram

  4. To document another rack and its equipment, add a new page by choosing Add Page from the Page Bar menu. Add Rack from the Rack Elements Library and then insert other necessary equipment.

    Rack-diagram


How To Create a Service and Application Network Diagram for Servers

To document your server services and applications, use ConceptDraw MINDMAP. ConceptDraw MINDMAP simplifies your work by structuring information such as server configuration and services list.

  1. Open a new document in ConceptDraw MINDMAP. Click on the Input tab to show available input templates. Choose Universal Diagramming — Computers and Networks category, and then choose the Servers template. A new document containing three pages will be created.

    Service and Application Network Diagram

  2. Turn the Page Navigator on. To add a new internal server, click on the Internal topic and press Shif+Enter and then enter the new server name in the new topic.

    Service and Application Network Diagram

  3. Click on Send to New Page from the context menu to send your newly created topic to another page. A new page will be created and set as active; a hyperlink will also be set back on the first page to connect the two.

    Service and Application Network Diagram

  4. Create a new topic and enter the server configuration in it. Use Shift+Enter to proceed to the next line within the topic.

    Service and Application Network Diagram

  5. Create a set of topics with the names of your services. Once you have done this you can switch back to first page and continue adding services to all of your servers. Do not forget to remove the sample pages.

    Service and Application Network Diagram


How To Create an Interactive Voice Response Diagram

Use ConceptDraw PRO to document your Interactive Voice Response map and internal phone numbers.

  1. Use the Interactive Voice Response template from ConceptDraw PRO Template Gallery under the Computers & Networks category to create a new document. A new document will be created containing a simple IVR diagram.

    Interactive-voice-response-diagram

  2. Change numbers or add new elements from the Interactive Voice Response Library. Use the Smart Connector tool to show how your voice menu is organized.

    Interactive-voice-response-diagram

  3. Remove comments and use Menu block for representing any information block in your call flow diagram. You can change the color of buttons and blocks using Fill color dialog.

    Interactive-voice-response-diagram

About

Benefits: With the Computer and Networks solution you can create professional-looking network diagrams quickly and easily allowing you to clearly represent and communicate network architecture, topology, and design to engineers, stakeholders and end-users. Also allows you to draw logical, physical, cable network, rack, Cisco network topology, and active directory domain services diagrams.

Objective: Visually communicate computer networks architecture, topology and design to simplify and accelerate understanding, analysis, and representation.

Solution Purpose: Drawing common computer network diagrams such as active directory domain services diagrams, Cisco network topology diagrams, physical LAN & WAN diagrams, logical network diagrams, Interactive Voice Response diagrams, network cable diagrams, and rack diagrams.

Intended For: Computer network engineers and designers who need to illustrate the network documentation with computer network diagrams.

Products and Methods: ConceptDraw PRO is a powerful and intelligent vector graphics engine that can be used for basic diagramming. The shape libraries contain ready-to use icons of computers, servers, network devices, standard symbols and smart connectors for the quick and easy arrangement of network diagrams. ConceptDraw MINDMAP can be used to structure and organize more detailed information about all equipment in a more visual manner and gives the option to produce dynamic presentations.

Computers and Networks

Solution Reference

Draw logical network diagrams such as physical LAN & WAN diagrams, network cable diagrams, rack diagrams, Cisco network topology diagrams, active directory domain services diagrams, and Interactive Voice Response diagrams for the visualizing of computer networks architecture, topology and design details.

Toolbox 1. Designing a Network Logical Structure

Logical network structure; basic network hardware and components; mapping of the data flow between the nodes; transmission rates; signal types.

Tasks Actions Products
Active Directory Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Active Directory Diagram template PRO
Cisco Network Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use one of Cisco Network Diagram, Cisco Products or Cisco Security template PRO
Computer Network Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Computer Network Diagram template PRO
Logical Network Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Logical Network Diagram template PRO
Toolbox 2. Developing a Network Communication Plan

Floor plan layout with network nodes, data links, server rooms, etc.

Tasks Actions Products
Network Communication Plan In ConceptDraw PRO, use Network Communication Plan template PRO
Toolbox 3. Designing a Physical Network Diagram

Floor plan layout of network components and computers.

Tasks Actions Products
Network Layout Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Network Layout Diagram template PRO
Physical LAN and WAN Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Physical LAN and WAN Diagram template PRO
Cisco Network Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Cisco Network Diagram template PRO
Wireless Network Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Wireless Network Equipment template PRO
Toolbox 4. Designing and Mapping Network Hardware

Designing and mapping server hardware, analyzing existing hardware, planning network extensions.

Tasks Actions Products
Rack Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Rack Diagram template PRO
Toolbox 5. Designing a Service and Application Network for Servers

A list of running services; consolidating servers on virtual machines; load balancing; creating a rack diagram.

Tasks Actions Products
Server Services In ConceptDraw MINDMAP, use input template Server Services from Universal Diagramming — Computers & Networks input tab MM
Toolbox 6. Designing and Developing an Interactive Voice Response System

Visual design and development of an Interactive Voice Response system.

Tasks Actions Products
Interactive Voice Response Diagram In ConceptDraw PRO, use Interactive Voice Response Diagram template. PRO

Visual Documentation of a Corporate Computer Network

Small and medium-sized companies have network infrastructure which can total ten or more networking and computing devices (computers, servers, printers, telephones, routers, fax machines, scanners, etc.) All elements of a network have their own settings configured for fast and reliable service. As a company grows, it is necessary to incorporate new devices into the network, update existing devices, change the network topology, and even add new subnets. Changing the configuration of the network is only possible if there is documentation of the operating infrastructure.

To achieve high-quality documentation of network infrastructure, it is necessary to include the overall network structure topology, a communication scheme, the layout of the main devices, the scheme arrangement of servers in server racks, the list of installed services, services and databases for each server, and the scheme of corporate PBX.

The Computer and Networks solution provides a set of templates for documenting such office network infrastructure. It includes 5 templates and sample documents for more than 10 different diagrams. They are:

  1. Network Logical Structure Diagram
    The Network Logical Structure Diagram is designed to show the logical organization of a network. Shows the basic network components, network structure, and determines the interaction of all network devices. The diagram displays basic devices and zones: Internet, DMZ, LAN, and group. Clarifies what network equipment is connected, describes the major nodes in the network, gives an understanding of the logical structure of the network as well as the type of interaction within the network.

    Network Logical Structure Diagram

  2. Network Communication Plan
    The Network Communication Plan is intended to document the main locations of communication lines. This scheme simplifies further communication service and allows you to plan remodeling of the office. The plan is created in two steps: first is to draw a general floor plan to mark rooms and server room; then to mark network communication lines, add sockets, etc.

    Network Communication Plan

  3. Common Network Diagram
    The Common Network Diagram shows the set of actual connected devices and is drawn from the plan of the office which shows the available network connections.

    Common Network Diagram

  4. Rack Diagram
    The Rack Diagram is intended to document server hardware. Availability of documentation makes it easier to deal with emerging problems, to connect new equipment, and to analyze and plan for network expansion. To create a Rack Diagram, draw a diagram of the rack with a set of installed equipment such as servers, switches, UPS’s.

    Rack Diagram

  5. Server Services Scheme
    The Server Services Scheme is intended to document all utilized services and database servers. The document contains a list of running services and virtual machines for a particular server and stores the hardware configuration of the server. This type of scheme allows you to visually display the running services and to assess the possible load on the server.

    Server Services Scheme

  6. Interactive Voice Response Scheme
    The Interactive Voice Response Scheme stores a set of codes to switch the internal PBX systems as well as codes for an Interactive Voice Response system.

    Interactive Voice Response Scheme