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Standard Set of Network Diagram Icons?

Cliff posted more than 12 years ago | from the the-RIGHT-pictures-means-1000-words dept.

Technology 11

Cerebus asks: "I'm taking over administrative and management functions for a network, and one of the tasks is, of course, providing accurate diagrams for the whole shebang. In playing with various tools for this (Dia, Visio, Kvivio, xfig, tgif, etc). I've noticed that each package has it's own idea about what abstract icon to use for various devices (what Visio would call "logical" icons). While there is some overlap, the meaning attached to an icon is sometimes different between applications, and what's worse is that (using the example of Visio) the same application has multiple different icons for the same type of device! Is there any kind of standard for network diagram iconography? Should there be?"

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Maybe XML? (0, Redundant)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 12 years ago | (#2553183)

There definately should be. Perhaps XML will ring in a new era and bring standardization to a lot of industries. I would figure that it would first have to define a standard for network topology; It wouldn't be long after that the visio-esque companies would start drawing things the same. I doubt it'll happen, but it would be nice...

Re:Maybe XML? (1)

Pascal Sartoretti (454385) | more than 12 years ago | (#2562536)

No, XML is just a family of languages. You might however want to have a look at SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), a XML-based format for (surprinsigly) vector graphics. See also here []

Drawing tools are beginning to be able to save also in SVG format. We may soon see open source tool that natively save data in SVG format...

standard? (0, Redundant)

jjshoe (410772) | more than 12 years ago | (#2553250)

is a standard what you realy want?

please some of the people all the time... blah blah

perhaps devolping your own set of in house icons would be the way to go? that way you know exactly what they mean and you can easily train someone else in on them since you designed them you are the most familiar with them?

Try this page at cisco (4, Informative)

biohazard99 (114288) | more than 12 years ago | (#2553258)

Cisco Icons [] , assuming you trust cisco.

Re:Try this page at cisco (1)

cnvogel (3905) | more than 12 years ago | (#2553403)

Yes, many people know and understand what the Cisco-Icons (well... the standard icons, I don't think people easily recognize the "Router doing label-switching with integrated firewall and voice") mean.

But unfortunately the nice coloured ones are only available for Powerpoint and Visio.

Luckily Staroffice can open them :-), but I'm waiting for a dia or kivio version.

Re:Try this page at cisco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2555475)

Any icon set with only a Mac Woman and a PC Man is OK with me!

Already had this before.... (2, Informative)

Cmdr. Marille (189584) | more than 12 years ago | (#2553329)

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I post all night and karma whore all day
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ISO (5, Informative)

VA Software (533136) | more than 12 years ago | (#2554017)

The International Organization for Standardization [] deals with standards. Try

ISO 5807:1985

Information processing -- Documentation symbols and conventions for data, program and system flowcharts, program network charts and system resources charts

Looks like it will cost you $60 though.

TIA/EIA 606 (2)

rakerman (409507) | more than 12 years ago | (#2556698)

It's a bit more specifically about network cabling, but try TIA/EIA-606 [] . "Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings". It's one of their top 10 selling standards :)
Anixter has a great reference guide [] that covers the EIA/TIA cabling and labelling standards.

General Rules (1)

linuxbert (78156) | more than 12 years ago | (#2557180)

i use visio, and generally when i do diagrams my icon set varies based on the idea im trying to express, and to whom.

generic device symbols (ie cylender with arrows represents a router, rectangle with aroows a switch) are good for use amoungst techies who want the layout and dont care about what the devices are.

i like to use specific product symbols for presentaion diagrams, and for less technical audiences because it helps people equate the icon to the green box in the rack. (ah, so thats how its conected..)

London tube map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2557706)

We used a network map based on icons lifted from the London tube map; seemed to be fairly understandable for the semi-technical staff who refered to it.
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