Need Network Shapes? Fill Your Cup at the Visio Cafe!
Need 5000 FREE Visio network shapes? Or maybe just a couple of hundred? Well, if you do, you’ve come to the right place!
Today I’ll tell you about a wonderful resource for Visio network shapes called the Visio Cafe. They’ve got rack shapes, network shape, and auxiliary shapes that go along with network diagrams.
At last count, this site offers over 300MB of Visio networking madness, including 192 stencils which contain 4999 Visio network shapes. All of them for free!
I was messing around with some Visio automation code and thought it would be fun to generate a huge HTML table that would add a lot of value to this article., however, that huge list broke this blog post. So I’ll just limit this post to an overview of the manufacturers and product families that Visio Cafe offers.
Visio Cafe Overview
When you arrive at Visio Cafe, you’ll be greeted with an enticing screen full of network equipment manufacturer logos:
click to visit Visio Cafe
Many of the collections offered are “official” collections, which are provided or endorsed by the manufacturers. There are also private collections provided and maintained by individual networking maniacs who are very handy with Visio.
If you have been developing your own collection of network shapes, I’m sure Visio Cafe would be glad to either host your shapes or provide links to where Visio users can download them.
Here’s a quick run-down of the great features of Visio Cafe. The last time I checked was 2009, so the list has likely grown since then:
- 192 stencils with 4999 shapes!
- Shapes are free!
- Official corporate collections
- Unofficial collections from Visio fans
- Shape sets organized by manufacturer or creator
- Update notices regarding state of shape set posted on each set’s page
- Download complete sets of stencils (BIG zip files) or individual stencils (smaller zip files)
- Rack equipment, logical network equipment and other symbols
Visio Cafe Quick Links to Manufacturer Sites
If you’ve stumbled upon this article because you are looking for a specific piece of equipment, this table of links is organized by manufacturer, and will get you to the shape you want faster:
|BlueArc||Fujitsu Siemens||Server Technology|
|Bruce Pullig||Hewlett-Packard||Steven Tunstall|
|Data Domain||Hitachi Data Systems||Tony Reichmuth|
|Eaton||Jean Dion||VSD Grafx|
Visio Cafe Humor
When I first wrote this post back in 2009, we were living outside of Vienna, Austria. I couldn’t help but imagine network equipment shapes in a famous Vienna cafe…
Network shapes enjoying a “Verlängerter” and a “kleiner Brauner “at Cafe Central in Vienna