How to create a Network Diagram for your LAN using Windows seven

How to create a Network Diagram for your LAN using Windows sevenWindows Seven has a lot of hidden capabilities. One of the tasks Windows Seven can perform for you is that it can create a network diagram of your Local Area Network (LAN or WAN). This would provide you with a visual representation of all the hardware devices connected locally to your machine, these include other workstations, servers, routers, hubs and switches. In this step by step article we will show you how you can use Windows Seven's built in features to create a network diagram or visual representation of your local area network. If you are looking for creating  more sophisticated network diagrams for free, you can check our previous article on How to create  network diagrams online for free.

Another cool thing is, Windows seven has a way of automatically connecting to the device's management interface and show you either a web page (for example your router's configuration web page) or the shared resources (such as printers, file shares etc on a file server or workstation). This takes all the guess work away and provides you the information and access you need using a single double click.

1. Click on Start then control panel and then double click on Network and Sharing Center

Click on Start then control panel and then double click on Network and Sharing Center

2. You should now be able to see a small network diagram, showing you the placement of your machine on your network.

You should now be able to see a small network diagram, showing you the placement of your machine on your network

3. Click on the link that says "See Full Map"

Click on the link that says See Full Map

4. A detailed Local Area Network Map comes up, showing you your machine and other network devices including workstations, servers, routers, switches and hubs

A detailed Local Area Network Map comes up

If you want to know more information about a connected device, you can double click on it and it will show you the shared resources from that machine, or if its a managed router or switch, it will take you to its management interface web page automatically.