Network Connector

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Network Connector

The intelligent network connector shapes (available as a Visio stencil) are designed to make it easy to layout Visio topology diagrams, where labels for ports, IP addresses, VLANs and Cable IDs need to be displayed consistently. They save a lot of time creating and updating diagrams which require repositioning of shapes, connectors and text with changes. Each connector shape has menu options and behaviour to support the common layout issues presented by complex network topology diagrams. They are designed to work with the AssetGen Visio Utilities’ “Network Organiser” module for fast, simple diagram layouts. They are supplied as standard with the AssetGen Connect system which automates the creation and update of multiple sets of Visio diagrams. Connections between switches and routers have the port names visible at the end of the connectors. The positioning of the port labels adjusts automatically, positioning the label relative to the connected shapes. The angle of port labels can be horizontal in the standard connector – for ease of reading, or auto-aligned for dense connectivity so the port label text is parallel to the connector. Moving switches and routers will result in the labels being repositioned automatically for optimal viewing.

Standard connector
Auto-aligned connector
Use the tooltip option to quickly display port and equipment information

Connectors are also able to simultaneously display labels for Cable IDs, VLANs and IP Addresses as the user requires.

Options for Connection Labels
The label will show the chosen shape data as text that can be repositioned

These labels and the port names can either be shown individually for one connection, or applied to every connector on the diagram for consistency. The positioning of these labels adjusts automatically, relative to the shapes connection. The angle of the labels can be horizontal for easy reading, or auto-aligned for dense connectivity so the label text is angled parallel to the connector. Fine adjustment can be made by the user for optimal results.

Align labels to the angle of the line to provide clarity where the diagram is dense (Portless)
Align labels to the angle of the line to provide clarity where the diagram is dense (With Ports)

Connector Shape Options

Ports currently hidden for the whole diagram
Show all ports option applied

How to download

To download the add-in you must register using the “contact us” section on the site. Our team will then e-mail you with a download link. Please note: the utility requires any of the following versions, Visio 2007 onwards (Professional or Premium versions required for shape data and data graphics support). The Microsoft 365 Plan 2 Version of Visio is also supported.

You will then receive a download link in an e-mail.

If you want a custom version of the add-in, or templates and stencils then please contact us.