About Devices, Drawing objects and Connections

You can add Device objects, Drawing Objects and Connections to a map. You need Administrator rights to make modifications to a Map.

Locked vs Unlocked map

In order to prevent accidental changes, Quantellium maps are “locked” by default. “Locked” means, not editable or changeable! Before any changes can be made, a map must be unlocked first. To unlock, click the yellow padlock iconin the upper right corner of the canvas of the map.

As a security measure, unlocked maps are automatically locked after 5 minutes!

Device objects

Device objects represent physical devices in the network infrastructure.

  • Each device object belongs to a device class from which it inherits certain properties (icon, data collectors, etc.).
  • The operational status of device objects (up or down) is monitored by using a primary, and optionally, secondary protocol. In case of a “No response event”, the secondary protocol functions as a second opinion. The protocols can be set while adding a new Device object in Quantellium.
  • Device names and addresses are displayed (optional) above their icons.


Connections are “the cables” between the devices and/or objects. They contribute to a better understanding of the infrastructure and are indispensable for Error control and CUC.

Different device objects of multiple classes connected in a network infrastructure

Drawing objects

Drawing objects do not represent physical devices on the network but have a special meaning on the map. There are currently three types of Drawing Objects:

  1. MapLink: A MapLink is an icon that behaves like a hyper-link to another (child) map. MapLinks can be used to build a layered and hierarchical map structure (like a typical network). Double-clicking a MapLink object will open the (child) map. A MapLink object gets the name of the (child) map where it points to.
  2. TextLabel: A TextLabel object can be used to clarify something on the map. TextLabels support multiline text. Use n to display a text string on separate lines. E.g. “This textnuses two lines”.
  3. Cloud: A cloud object is the graphical representation of the Internet, Azure, Google or private cloud or network. It has no other properties than only a descriptive text as in “The customer network” or “The Internet” or “My Home network”.

A number of drawing objects. The upper one is a MapLink object.

To make changes to a map you need Administrator rights and the map must be unlocked first. To unlock a map, use the yellow padlockin the upper right corner of the canvas.

Drawing maps

Adding an object…

…right-click somewhere on a blank spot of the map, select Add and choose one of the available object types.

Deleting an object…

…right-click on an object and select Delete.

Moving a device or object …

… simply drag the object to its new location. When dropped, devices and objects are automatically aligned to an invisible grid.

Adding or Deleting Connections


To add a Connection between two objects or devices, right-click the first object and select Connection | Add. The cursor changes to a cross icon and a temporary line is attached to the cursor. Now click the second object. The temporary connection line is now made permanent.

To delete a Connection between two devices or objects, right-click the first object and select Connection | Delete.The cursor changes to a scissors icon. Now click the second object.

Automatically using LLDP

If the switches and servers on your network infrastructure support SNMP and LLDP, Quantellium automatically adds connections between devices on the map. Click here for more information about LLDP.

(Un)Pinning objects

When you add a new object to a map, the coordinates of the clicked position on the map become the coordinates of the new object. The device is pinned to that position on the map. Devices are also pinned 1) when they are moved and 2) when a connection from the device is added to a second one.

Normally, objects on a web page are automatically rendered when the size of web pages is adjusted. Pinned devices can not be rendered dynamically. All devices that do not have a connection to another device can be unpinned by right-clicking on a blank spot of the canvas and selecting Map actions | Unpin all.

All devices have been pinned. Dynamic rendering is not possible. Some devices are outside the map and there is a scroll bar at the bottom of the page.

All devices have been unpinned. The page has dynamically rendered. The scrollbar at the bottom has disappeared and all devices are visible again.

IP scan utility / auto-discovery

From Quantellium 1.20.64 (April 2015) you can use the IP scan utility (a.k.a. auto-discovery) to scan an IP subnet and add multiple devices automatically to a map. The IP scan utility replaces the bulk-import functionality from earlier versions. Read more here.

Map refresh rate

A map is automatically refreshed if something changes (for example, an event has occurred or a device or connection has been added). In the “locked” mode, a map responds within 10 seconds, in “unlocked” mode within 1 minute. This is built in to obtain a better drawing experience!