How Do You Read a Wireless Network Diagram?

How Do You Read a Wireless Network Diagram?

Each wireless network diagram is unique to its network, but most tend to read from left to right, or the diagram information and graphics radiate outward from a central hub. Arrows or Wi-Fi graphics indicate the direction of information, and the entire diagram serves as a flow chart, which connotes the transmission and receipt of wireless signals and data.

A basic Wi-Fi-based wireless router network diagram depicts the source of the Internet connection and the modem on the left hand side. The wireless router is typically central to the diagram. Radiating outward from the wireless router are Wi-Fi graphics that illustrate how the router transmits signals to various hardware and devices, such as wireless printers, laptops, gaming consoles and tablets.

There is no preferential order, and the router transmits to all connected devices simultaneously.

More elaborate wireless network diagrams, such as diagrams depicting wireless networks that contain a merchant's computers, POS systems, remote payment processors and IT security servers, often include data flow indicators, or arrows, to show specifically how sensitive information travels over the wireless network.

Such diagrams usually read left to right or they radiate out from a central hub. Occasionally, the wireless network diagram includes a similar diagram that illustrates the flow of information over the Internet after it leaves the merchant's website or store, with the Internet at the center of the diagram and data flow indicators showing how the greater network corrals and conducts information.

Wireless network diagrams also use standard diagram icons to reference hardware, such as a laptop icon to indicate a laptop.