Network Diagram

dstrohl
dstrohl Member Posts: 5
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I would love to see a network diagram showing connectivity to and between switches and wifi.  I have 7 network switches around the house due to the layout of the house.  it's really helpful to see things grouped that way when troubleshooting so I can immediately see that everything that is down is behind a specific run or switch.
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  • Robin
    Robin Administrator, Fing Team Posts: 4,614
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    Hi @dstrohl
    thanks for the suggestion. I will pass on this to our Dev team for consideration. For all other users who feel this would be beneficial, please click the 'Upvote' button. Thank you.
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  • Ferlauto
    Ferlauto White Plains, NYMember Posts: 53
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    @Robin - I'd add that if this is not feasible directly, having an plug-in / extension architecture that would allow this is another possible option.  
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  • Gwyn
    Gwyn Member Posts: 2
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    excellent idea - it was just what I was thinking ! 
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  • Majeed
    Majeed Member Posts: 1
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    Exactly what I want too. There used to be a program called "Network Magic" which was bought by Cisco and then disappeared. That had exactly what I wanted, a graphic representation of the network. I used it frequently and it was...Brilliant.
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  • Kwray69834
    Kwray69834 Member Posts: 1
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    yes I would find this an excellent improvement. 
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  • Geeklord
    Geeklord Member Posts: 7
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    On a basic level I found it really useful to map out all my equipment locations and distances when I renovated to figure out how best to organise an manage everything.

    On a more advanced level it could be useful to troubleshoot or provide some best practice guidance about how and where to locate equipment.

    rhcage2
  • rhclinton
    rhclinton Member Posts: 3
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    Majeed said:
    Exactly what I want too. There used to be a program called "Network Magic" which was bought by Cisco and then disappeared. That had exactly what I wanted, a graphic representation of the network. I used it frequently and it was...Brilliant.
    I remember Network Magic very well.  It was an excellent tool.  It's disappearance is a cautionary tale:  If you are a small company with a useful product and then sell it out to an industry giant, be prepared for (a)the new marketing department to modify it to the point of uselessness, and then (b) for the product to disappear entirely.  Fing, take notice.

    Robert
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  • Romulus
    Romulus Member, Beta Tester Posts: 35
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    I have exactly the same need, I have resorted to a spreadsheet with numbered ports on switches and what is connected to where but a diagram would be so much better!
  • vcayenne
    vcayenne Member, Beta Tester Posts: 5
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    Fing bears some relation to Domotz, which I believe does have a feature to diagram the monitored network...
  • jamzm
    jamzm Pittsburgh, PA, USAMember Posts: 117
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    Mapping my network has been on my "to do" list for a long time.  Thank you.
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  • asadowsky
    asadowsky Member, Beta Tester Posts: 15
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    You need a smart / managed switch to auto discover what is on each port . Some vendors include software . Some third party vendors that come to mind are Solarwinds , Fluke network inspector , Ubiquiti Networks on their hardware. I use a spreadsheet, port# to device and comments in my switch config . No software can discover devices at the port level on dumb switches
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  • Long_John_Sliver
    Long_John_Sliver Member, Beta Tester Posts: 10
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    rhclinton said:
    Majeed said:
    Exactly what I want too. There used to be a program called "Network Magic" which was bought by Cisco and then disappeared. That had exactly what I wanted, a graphic representation of the network. I used it frequently and it was...Brilliant.
    I remember Network Magic very well.  It was an excellent tool.  It's disappearance is a cautionary tale:  If you are a small company with a useful product and then sell it out to an industry giant, be prepared for (a)the new marketing department to modify it to the point of uselessness, and then (b) for the product to disappear entirely.  Fing, take notice.

    Robert

    Amen. Another example was Logitech, which bought Slim Devices and then let SD's primary product (the Squeezebox) slide into oblivion with minimal support and a degradation of the products sold under their own logo (eg, unreliable D/A codecs).
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  • _undefined
    _undefined Member Posts: 1
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    Ubiquiti's Unifi excellent site management tool offers a topology diagram.
    You can also upload floorplans to said tool and place your devices thereon.
    Lee_Bo
  • DarkStar_1
    DarkStar_1 Member Posts: 2
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    You can always use nmap https://nmap.org/
    They offer a graphical display, I think that it would be better to export to Excel so that you can drive a Microsoft Visio diagram.
  • dstrohl
    dstrohl Member Posts: 5
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    Couple of clarifying points:
    1. I'm not looking for auto-discovery of connections.  it would be nice, but I suspect most home or SOHO networks switches would not be able to provide enough information to discover connections, or if they did, most of the "admins" would not have setup snmp (or in many cases, even know how to setup snmp) to access it.
    2.  Since this product is more focused on the SOHO market, I'd suggest what seems most useful would be the ability to upload an image of a floor plan, and to be able to drop objects onto the image, and the ability to set (manually at first), which switch they go to.  Also to manually add a switch if it doesn't show up (i.e. a dumb switch/hub).  

    jamzm
  • jamzm
    jamzm Pittsburgh, PA, USAMember Posts: 117
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    Very good points
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  • Lee_Bo
    Lee_Bo Member Posts: 271
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    Ubiquiti's Unifi excellent site management tool offers a topology diagram.
    You can also upload floorplans to said tool and place your devices thereon.
    Ubiquiti's Unifi excellent site management tool offers a topology diagram.
    You can also upload floorplans to said tool and place your devices thereon.

  • Lee_Bo
    Lee_Bo Member Posts: 271
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    edited August 2020
    Network diagram would be nice, like what Ubiquiti does, but that requires programming.  If Fing were to make that a paid option, would you buy it?


  • asadowsky
    asadowsky Member, Beta Tester Posts: 15
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    I just revisited Fing on my android  and under device- detail- edit you can enter notes and location. This just needs to show up one level ( under network details). This should meet the needs of a SOHO and if you need a map Visio or some other drawing program will work. Ubiquiti as far as I know only maps their own switches . As I mentioned before you need a managed switch to map a network. I use a Mikrotik or Cisco switch to discover an undocumented cable plant. You can always just unplug a cable at a time and see what drops. 
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