How the Network Diagramer Program Works
10-Strike Network Diagram offers two ways to creating a network topology map.
The first one is automatic diagram creation. According to user-defined IP ranges and scanning methods, the application attempts to locate devices within the network. Available search methods include pinging over ICMP, scanning specified TCP ports, and attempting to convert IP address to MAC (ARP). The application runs several parallel threads for searching for devices within a specified range. Scanning a range of 1500 IP addresses takes no more than 3-4 minutes. The application can also locate devices with active SNMP agents: switches, network printers, routers, etc. Using the data obtained from the switches over SNMP, the application draws graphic connections between the network devices it has found. While doing that, the program will make up a pretty picture of icons and connection lines on the map in the form of graphs. Connections to a switch are labeled with port names of that switch. 10-Strike Network Diagram employs an original sophisticated algorithm for recognizing types of the devices. Thus, the application can recognize networked and local printers, servers, database servers, routers, switches, and hubs.
The second way is manual editing. The software includes a library of objects, graphic primitives, and lines. With simple manipulations, required icons can be placed on a diagram, linked with connection lines, and marked with areas. All the operations are intuitive and do not take much time to complete.
A ready network diagram can be saved as a vector (Windows Metafile) or raster (JPEG, PNG, BMP) image, or exported to a Microsoft Visio document. The program can print the diagram on paper with options for setting the printing quality, position on page, and page orientation.
The Network Diagrammer Screenshots
Enterprise network diagram example:
Scanning and discovering network topology via SNMP and creating network diagrams:
Starting from the version 2.2, the program can create global networks diagrams using route tracing. The program allows you to use Google Maps as background images:
What else? If you want to monitor hosts placed on your network diagrams, try our network mapping and monitoring program LANState Pro
10-Strike LANState Pro
This is a network mapping, monitoring, and administration software for Windows networks. In addition to almost the same network diagrammer features as 10-Strike Network Diagram has, LANState Pro contains a network device status monitor that allows you to see the state of network devices on a graphic diagram in the real time, and to receive notifications when your network devices go down or recover. Respond to failures promptly and minimize expenses!
10-Strike Network Diagram has a more powerful graphics engine with vector icons support, but it cannot monitor state of your network devices as 10-Strike LANState Pro can. This is the main difference between these two mapping programs while the network topology discovery engine is the same.
We recommend you to try both programs and see which program suits your needs better. 30-day trials are available for downloading for both applications.