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NorthStar Planner Topology Map Window Overview


The topology (map) window shown in Figure 1 is the main work area for any live network snapshot or network model you load into the system. Multiple links displayed between nodes use line bending to avoid hidden trunks in the topology. The topology incorporates node aggregation collapsible views. You can also view node locations by their geographic coordinates on the world map using latitude and longitude or automatic layouts.

The topology map window displays important link and node properties. Links are color coded according to utilization. Alternatively, you can view links by other properties such as trunk type, protocols, coloring, status, and area. Nodes are color-coded by symbols, icons, or vendor types.

Path information can be displayed in the topology map window. The path function displays detailed path information between any two nodes found in the network based on factors such as routing method used, reserved and actual bandwidth allocation, link distance, or oversubscription.

The topology map window is divided into the following three panes:

Left pane legendFor changing the settings of the topology view.
Center pane mapFor displaying the network.
Right pane toolbarFor selecting shortcuts to functions in the pop-up menu.
Figure 1: Topology Map Window Panes
Topology Map Window Panes

Right-clicking in the map area displays a pop-up menu for additional functions. You can move the map by holding the left mouse button and dragging. You can zoom in and out by using the mouse scroll wheel. Table 1 describes the topology map window panes in more detail.

Table 1: Topology Map Window Panes



Center pane map

The center pane, which shows the topology map, is the middle portion of the topology map window. In this area, you can select and move nodes around on the map.

Left pane legend

The left pane of the topology map window contains drop-down menus for the following functions: Filters, Network Elements, Utilization Legends, and Subviews. Selecting any one of these options gives you access to additional, related options.

Right pane toolbar

The toolbar at the right of the topology map window provides shortcuts to functions in the pop-up menu.

Pop-up menu

The pop-up menu is accessed by right-clicking in the center pane that shows the topology map. Right-click a node, link, or group in the map to display a pop-up menu for that element.