LAN Drawing

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  1. J. B. Wood

    J. B. Wood Guest

    Hello, all. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a drawing package
    specifically for LAN (local area network) diagrams? I've been using
    Paraben's LAN Charter but was wondering what else might be available.
    I've also used MS PowerPoint but got tired of constructing my own template
    symbols for routers, hubs, switches, etc. (An artist I'm not). I find
    The 3-D look of the Paraben product pleasing. Thanks for your time and
    comment. Sincerely,

    John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:
    Naval Research Laboratory
    4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20375-5337
    J. B. Wood, Jan 6, 2005
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    Jim Thompson Guest

    On Thu, 06 Jan 2005 07:14:49 -0500, (J. B. Wood)
    wrote:

    >Hello, all. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a drawing package
    >specifically for LAN (local area network) diagrams? I've been using
    >Paraben's LAN Charter but was wondering what else might be available.
    >I've also used MS PowerPoint but got tired of constructing my own template
    >symbols for routers, hubs, switches, etc. (An artist I'm not). I find
    >The 3-D look of the Paraben product pleasing. Thanks for your time and
    >comment. Sincerely,
    >
    >John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:
    >Naval Research Laboratory
    >4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    >Washington, DC 20375-5337


    My oldest son swears by Visio, though I've not tried it myself.

    ...Jim Thompson
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    Jim Thompson, Jan 6, 2005
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  3. J. B. Wood wrote:

    > Hello, all. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a drawing package
    > specifically for LAN (local area network) diagrams? I've been using
    > Paraben's LAN Charter but was wondering what else might be available.
    > I've also used MS PowerPoint but got tired of constructing my own template
    > symbols for routers, hubs, switches, etc. (An artist I'm not). I find
    > The 3-D look of the Paraben product pleasing. Thanks for your time and
    > comment. Sincerely,
    >
    > John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:
    > Naval Research Laboratory
    > 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    > Washington, DC 20375-5337

    I would second Jim's recommendation of Visio. They had special
    templates just for network design, including a lot of different
    manufacturers hubs, routers, switches, etc. It's been a few years since
    I did my last network design, but I used Visio exclusively, and everyone
    was very complimentary of the final documentation.

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    Charles Edmondson, Jan 6, 2005
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    Clarence_A Guest

    "J. B. Wood" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello, all. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a drawing

    package
    > specifically for LAN (local area network) diagrams? I've been

    using
    > Paraben's LAN Charter but was wondering what else might be

    available.
    > I've also used MS PowerPoint but got tired of constructing my

    own template
    > symbols for routers, hubs, switches, etc. (An artist I'm not).

    I find
    > The 3-D look of the Paraben product pleasing. Thanks for your

    time and
    > comment. Sincerely,
    >
    > John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:
    > Naval Research Laboratory
    > 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    > Washington, DC 20375-5337


    Have a look at "SmartDraw" It has a full library of network
    symbols. However I have not used it for that purpose and can not
    comment on how good or bad it is.

    http://www.smartdraw.com/
    Clarence_A, Jan 6, 2005
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    Leon Heller Guest

    "Charles Edmondson" <> wrote in message
    news:41dd6c11$...
    > J. B. Wood wrote:
    >
    >> Hello, all. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a drawing package
    >> specifically for LAN (local area network) diagrams? I've been using
    >> Paraben's LAN Charter but was wondering what else might be available.
    >> I've also used MS PowerPoint but got tired of constructing my own
    >> template
    >> symbols for routers, hubs, switches, etc. (An artist I'm not). I find
    >> The 3-D look of the Paraben product pleasing. Thanks for your time and
    >> comment. Sincerely,
    >>
    >> John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:
    >> Naval Research Laboratory
    >> 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    >> Washington, DC 20375-5337

    > I would second Jim's recommendation of Visio. They had special templates
    > just for network design, including a lot of different manufacturers hubs,
    > routers, switches, etc. It's been a few years since I did my last network
    > design, but I used Visio exclusively, and everyone was very complimentary
    > of the final documentation.


    I agree. It's rather tedious to use (I think it was designed for morons),
    but it gets the job done. We used it a lot for documentation where I used to
    work.

    Leon
    Leon Heller, Jan 6, 2005
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    JeffM Guest

    JeffM, Jan 6, 2005
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    Jim Thompson Guest

    On 6 Jan 2005 11:44:49 -0800, "JeffM" <> wrote:

    >>My oldest son swears by Visio, though I've not tried it myself.
    >> Jim Thompson

    >
    >Visio sucks for wiring diagrams.
    >http://groups-beta.google.com/group..._doneTitle=Back to Search&&d#b21ea0ffb71e90ee


    My oldest son is a programmer and uses Visio for flow-chrting.

    ...Jim Thompson
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    | Analog Innovations, Inc. | et |
    | Analog/Mixed-Signal ASIC's and Discrete Systems | manus |
    | Phoenix, Arizona Voice:(480)460-2350 | |
    | E-mail Address at Website Fax:(480)460-2142 | Brass Rat |
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    I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.
    Jim Thompson, Jan 6, 2005
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    Dmitri Guest

    J. B. Wood wrote:


    > Hello, all. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a drawing package
    > specifically for LAN (local area network) diagrams? I've been using
    > Paraben's LAN Charter but was wondering what else might be available.
    > I've also used MS PowerPoint but got tired of constructing my own
    > template
    > symbols for routers, hubs, switches, etc. (An artist I'm not). I find
    > The 3-D look of the Paraben product pleasing. Thanks for your time and
    > comment. Sincerely,


    > John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:


    > Naval Research Laboratory
    > 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    > Washington, DC 20375-5337


    I use both Visio and SmartDraw. Mostly Visio because more customers would
    understand this format. SmartDraw seems to have more extensive library of
    symbols, especially in the physical infrastructure realm. So I sometimes
    end up drawing symbols (or meta symbols - collection of symbols) in
    SmartDraw and then convert them over to Visio for compatibility


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    Chris Dubea Guest


    >
    >My oldest son swears by Visio, though I've not tried it myself.
    >
    > ...Jim Thompson

    I swear at Visio. I got a copy free when I bought my copy of
    SolidWorks (supposedly specifically for drawing schematics). It's
    miserable, I HATE it. I use my free copy of IntelliCAD instead and
    that is no love affair, but I don't have many schematics to draw.
    ===========================================================================
    Chris
    Chris Dubea, Jan 9, 2005
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    J. B. Wood Guest

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments!

    John Wood (Code 5550) e-mail:
    Naval Research Laboratory
    4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20375-5337
    J. B. Wood, Jan 11, 2005
    #10

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