Automatically create network topologies in MXview

Uploaded by moxavideo on 20.12.2011

Let's watch MXview automatically set up a new network.
First we'll have MXview automatically detect all the devices in the network
and then we'll have MXView automatically lay out the topology of this network
in a graphical fashion.
To start I will go into the "Project" menu and click "Scan Range."
That opens up this window, where I can scan for new network devices
I'll click "Add Network"
and then here in this window I'll just type in the first and the last IP address
of the IP address range in which I'd like to scan for devices.
I'll also give my network a name, I'll just call it "My Network"
And then I'll click the "OK" button
"OK and Run Discovery"
Now MXview will automatically detect all the devices that are connected
in that IP address range and display them on your screen.
So we can see them come up right here.
However there aren't any links yet between these devices
So I'll just right-click
and click the "Auto Topology" button
and then I'll hit the "OK" button to update my topology.
MXview will automatically draw the links between these network devices.
However, you can see that this is still kind of confusing
because the network devices aren't really laid out in a very logical fashion,
so we've got links going everywhere.
I'll just right-click again
and click the "Auto Layout" function.
That will tell MXview to lay out my devices in a logical fashion.
You can see that it's already done that right here.
If we scroll down, we can see my first Turbo Ring at the top.
I'll just zoom out a little bit
to show you my second Turbo Ring here at the bottom.
So you can see that MXview was automatically able to detect
that these devices were in fact set up in redundant ring fashion.
In fact that dashed line in MXview right now
tells us which of these links is currently the backup or redundant link.
so thanks to the auto layout function, I've pretty much got my network laid out the way I want.
I'll just do some final adjustments here and that's mostly just for aesthetic reasons,
so everything will appear on one screen.
You can see that MXview was able to automatically display these devices
in a graphical format that reflects the physical wiring and the redundant wiring
of the actual networks switches.
This is really helpful when you're setting new networks and you want it
to display in a way so that your operator can understand
where all the links are, and what their relationship to one another actually is.
That's MXview's auto-discovery and auto-topology functionality.
It makes it a lot quicker to set up new networks,
and also makes it a lot quicker to display your network in a graphical interface
that's really easy to comprehend so you can immediately see where all the links are,
how these links are related to one another,
and how all these devices are related to one another.
Thanks for watching.