Network diagram software

Ross Vandegrift ross at
Wed Feb 11 14:42:06 UTC 2009

On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 02:06:09PM +0100, Mathias Wolkert wrote:
> I'd like to know what software people are using to document networks.
> Visio is obvious but feels like a straight jacket to me.
> I liked netviz but it seems owned by CA and unsupported nowadays.
> What do you use?

I'd like to put a second request.  I often want to very quickly
mock-up a diagram that I'm going to use for myself or for internal

Is there any application that takes some kind of *simple* description
and produces a (possibly not so beautiful) picture?  For example, I
might say something like:

	Router(rtr1) connects to vlan 100
	Router(rtr2) connects to Router(rtr1) via T1
	switch(sw1) connects to vlan100
	switch(sw2) connects to Router(rtr2)
	A few hosts connect to Switch(sw1)
	A few hosts connect to Switch(sw2)

Ross Vandegrift
ross at

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