Whether you're designing a simple Ethernet network or documenting a large and complex one, you can use the improved Ethernet shape in Edraw Network Diagram tool to get the job done quickly. The connectors on the Ethernet shape attach easily to the updated device shapes in Edraw, and they remain attached, even when you move them.
You can also add text and store network information (such as network names and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses) in your diagram and then extract the information by using one of three new pre-defined reports.
The following symbols are some Ethernet shapes in Edraw. You can drag them from the Edraw Network Library.
Tip If you want to use the Ethernet shape in another kind of Edraw drawing, open the drawing, and on the File menu, point to Shapes, point to Network, and then click Network and Peripherals.
When the device shape is correctly connected to the Ethernet shape, the connection point turns red, indicating that it is glued.
Tip To hide an unused connector, drag its control handle back to the Ethernet shape.
After you enter the data, you can generate reports.
If you don't see the report definition you're looking for, clear the Show only drawing-specific reports check box, or click Browse and navigate to the location of the report definition.
To modify an existing report definition before generating a report, select the report definition, click Modify, and then follow the instructions in the Report Definition Wizard.
To create a new report definition, click New, and then follow the instructions in the Report Definition Wizard.
Note You must have Microsoft Excel 2000 or later installed to save your report as an Excel worksheet or as an embedded shape in your drawing.
Note If you plan to share your drawing, select Copy of report definition so that others can see the report.
The Network and Peripherals stencil also includes a Ring network shape. The Ring network shape works just like the Ethernet shape but represents a ring network.