Cisco Icons for the Bored

I wanted to make a network diagram this morning, so I was scrolling through all 40 pages or so of Cisco icons, I found myself picking out ones that I wish I could use, even though all I wanted was a damned switch icon, and I found everything except a switch icon, but whatever.

I thought I’d share my favorites with you.

#1: ???

The first one is…well, I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to be.


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Personally, I think it’s upside down. Lets flip it around, and voila:


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Now, it’s a flux capacitor icon. This will be useful when we want to vMotion across farther than 200km or so, and we can finally get rid of that dusty old Stargate we’ve been using for the task.

2: The Dark Side of the Network

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The real purpose of this probably involves fiber…and hardcore drugs? I’m not sure, but I think that they owe Pink Floyd an apology. If I were using this on a diagram, it would be a temporal indication to go pick up some cheetos. And  funions, man. Yeah, funions.

3: A bridge. Like, a real bridge.

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This is clearly one of those trendy new suspension bridges they’re putting everywhere because they, in all actuality, do look pretty boss, but in 50 years when everything looks like that, we’re going to wonder why anyone thought it was a good idea. This icon is useful on your diagram if you need to indicate where you can be found be after the fifth day of debugging VRRP issues, like I currently am.

4: A really fast, really old phone

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 6.25.44 AMMaybe this is a play on words? “My phone is a brick. Get it? A brick! Hahahaha this would be great as an icon!”. Honestly, I have no idea what the deal is with this. A really fast Faraday cage? I don’t know, but I’m going to use it on a diagram heading toward a Windows logo. Consider it a Rorschach Test for the viewer.

5: Cloud Marksmanship

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Personally, I’m surprised that we don’t see this icon more. To my mind, it looks exactly like the crosshair on any number of FPS or combat flight sims. This cloud is about to eat hot lead.

6: The BBQ Grill Router

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This might be meant to represent a router with a lot of ACLs, or perhaps some kind of allegorical jail, but I think it makes the most sense as a BBQ grill. Come to think of it, that seems like a great use for my soon-to-be mothballed 6509. I’ll just fire it up, make some port to port connections, turn off spanning tree, and grill me up some dinner. Sounds like a plan!

Anyway, I don’t really know why there are so many icons, but after the third or fourth page, they all kind of look alike and my vision gets fuzzy and I have to go look at something else for a while. I’m going to get back to searching for a switch icon now. Wish me luck!

  • Tag

    #1: “When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious sh*t”

  • I love the BBQ grill

  • That’s hilarious…good stuff there.

    I deal with network maps on a daily basis so I’ve created favorite shapes in Visio. #2 is actually in my list…it’s supposed to represent a Optical Multiplexer (Cisco 15454, etc.). However, I still agree that someone does owe Pink Floyd some credit on that one.

  • Perhaps this will help :

    As network consultants, we created a typeface of symbols for our graphics.