Network Diagrams help people understand how a computer network operates. They provide
a large overview of the entire system and can show how one individual computer is
connected to many others.
It is often used to demonstrate how one computer or system is affiliated with others.
This can be especially useful when trying to solve problems on one's computer or network.
Often the root of the problem can be traced easily if you know what other computers and
servers yours is connected to.
- Choose a network. Decide which network will be illustrated. The diagram could focus on a personal computer, or on an entire company network. Once a focus has been chosen, set limits on what outside connections will be included so that the diagram remains concise.
- Add involved equipment. Begin by placing any involved computers, servers, etc. on the page. Visual representations can be used, or their names may be written.
- Add any other important parts. You may also choose to add other things such as internet connections and firewalls. Once again, use either visual representations or text.
- Label. It is advisable to add a short description beneath each of the items on the page so that it is understandable.
- Draw connecting lines. Use lines with directional arrows to show how each piece is related and connected to another.
- Verify accuracy. Consult with others involved in the system to confirm the accuracy of the diagram and that this diagram meets the expectations of others.