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Network object


A network object in the LoriotPro directory is the visual representation of a logical IP network or subnetwork. The network object is a special directory container used by the network discover process. A network or subnetwork is a group of hosts connected together and able to communicate. Each host has a unique IP address from this network and all have a common mask.  Hosts are able to communicate  with other hosts in the same Network directly but if they are in different network the communication is established through a router. IP Routers are the only way of interconnecting IP network or subnetwork.

Network object in the LoriotPro directory

For example, the network with mask defines a network; hosts addresses could range from to 

The host internal algorithm, used to check if an incoming packet is from a host of its network, is:

(IP@Host) AND (IP@masquenet) = IP@net

Example AND  =

Remark: The Network container object are automatically created by the Discover process.The user could create Network object when a Discover process could not be run.

Manual insertion of a Network object

To insert a Newtork object in the Directory, select a container object in the Directory and call the network insertion function from one of the menu.

 Warning: A network object could not be created if the selected object is a host.

Example :

After you select the organization in the directory select from the main menu.

Directory>Insert Object>Network

insert network object
Network object Insertion from the main menu

It is also possible to use the contextual menu of ‘Organization’ or the option  from the  ‘Workspace Tools Bar’.

The network insertion window is displayed after a warning. The warning notifies you that network parameters could be later modified by the Discover process.

directory network object
Warning before network creation

Click on yes to continue.

Network objects properties

The following window appears when inserting a Network object.

Network objects properties

The following table explains the goal of the different fields.

Table of Network object properties.



Network Name

A network name.

Example : backbone

Network IP Address

The network IP address


Network IP Mask

The network mask

Example :

Network Type

The media type use in the network.

Example : Ethernet

Remark: LoriotPro uses this parameter to define the default network icon displayed in the graphical map.

Speed (Bits/s)

The speed of the media.

Example : 10000000 for Ethernet


A network description

Example : Head of Network

The change Icon button allows you to select a customized icon instead of the default one.

Remark: This option is not available when you create the icon but only when you modify the network object properties.

network icons

To confirm your choices press the  OK button.

A new network is inserted in the Directory.

Network insertion

In our example the network called backbone has been created but no host are currently attached to it. The new network appears in the graphical map but no link leaves the object because there is no router defined yet.

New Network object in the map, left with iP address as name, right with the backbone  name

Network object property modification

To modify the network properties of an existing Network object, select it in the Directory or on a map and use the available menus.

From the contextual menu on the ‘Internetwork Map’ :

Network object contextual menu

From the Directory contextual menu.

Directory network object contextual menu

Select the object in the Directory with a left click and then from the main menu select: :

Directory>Object Properties

access network properties
Access network properties fro the directory main menu

Select the propertie object properties in the Directory with a left click and then from the Directory Tools Bar select the ‘Properties’ icon.

host tool bar
Access the network properties from the directory tools bar .