Visualise a Home Network

by | May 6, 2016

The Scenario

Let’s look at a familiar scenario through the eyes of Hubscope. This is chosen not so much for the value Hubscope will bring, but for the experience and insights you’ll gain when looking at a relatively simple project. You’ll whet your appetite and open up possibilities for proper projects.

So, you arrive home and rather than being greeted by a cheery “hello” you instead get, “the internet is broken can you fix it?”. My usual answer is “I’ll tell you how the home network works and you can fix it yourself” but no-one seems at all interested in this suggestion or indeed how things work in general (anymore sigh …)

This exercise should allow you to share with your tribe the mystery of the many components you have at home, how they work together and how anybody can attempt to fix them without you being around. The scenario I’ll be using is my own home network which may well have similarities to yours, I suspect. Here’s a tip, if you’re not ready to jump straight into Hubscope at this point then get four pieces of A4 paper and draw your diagrams there first. Label them Who, Why, How and What. We can transfer them to Hubscope a little later.

 

The Who Perspective (or Stakeholders)

Who Perspective

The first perspective or hand drawn diagram is Who – the stakeholders. Sketch out a simple family tree on your first piece of paper.

Open Hubscope and then click File > New. Go to the Who tab then click on ‘add unit’ and add one called “Family”. Now click ‘add person’ and add all your family members. Then click add relationship and draw lines between “Family” and all the people you just added.

The Why Perspective (or Requirements)

Why Perspective

The second perspective looks at requirements. The requirements your family has might be slightly different from mine so feel free to go wild here. At a high level, mine are as follows which includes some dependencies:

  • Play online games
  • Do homework
  • Home management
  • Pay bills on time
  • Pay electricity bills
  • Share photos

The How Perspective (or Services)

The third perspective shows services which provide the glue between requirements and technology. You shouldn’t have any technology that isn’t directly or indirectly helping with one of your requirements, through the service it provides. You may have requirements through your services that are not satisfied by technology as this may be a future aspiration or the solution may not rely on technology. Here are some of my services:

  • The Internet
  • Bank auto payments
  • Remote support
How Perspective

The What Perspective (or Technology)

The fourth perspective shows technology. Here is the mini internet of things we’ve accumulated over the years:

Hardware

  • Router + Broadband modem
  • Wireless booster
  • Games Console
  • Network area storage server
  • Individual computer
  • iPad

Software

  • Anti virus
  • Windows
  • Office
  • Hubscope

Data

  • Homework files
  • Household files
  • Local backup
  • Cloud backup
What Perspective

The All Perspective

All Perspective

The fifth perspective is not available to those with just a pile of paper at this point. Hubscope automatically shows you the end to end view across the other four perspectives. If you are just working with paper at this stage you could stick them together and use some string to show the interdependencies but I’d instead encourage you to use the information on the four pieces of paper to now enter into Hubscope. Then you too will have a fifth perspective for free!

Hopefully this tutorial has given you a glimpse of the possibilities provided by using Hubscope and you’ll see some opportunities for adding value when you get back to the office. For a more detailed series of tutorials on how to use Hubscope to draw a home network check out our introductory micro tutorials.

All Perspective

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