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Chapter 8. Creating Network Diagrams > Connecting Shapes in Network Diagrams

Connecting Shapes in Network Diagrams

You can quickly and easily create a network diagram that includes information such the type of equipment, how it is connected to the network, and the most effective configuration, by using the Basic Network Diagram template. You simply drag shapes onto the drawing page and experiment with their arrangement until you achieve the result you want.


The first step in creating a network diagram is to determine which type of network ring or backbone —the part of the network that handles the major data traffic—you want to use. Then you drag the backbone shape onto the drawing page, followed by each hardware shape in the network. After you position the network equipment shapes around the backbone, you drag control handles from the backbone shape to connect the hardware shapes to the backbone. Finally, you add text to the shapes as you would any other Visio shape. It really is that easy.


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