Why are Cisco Network Symbols So Stupid?

I have a real beef with the glyphs used by Cisco for network equipment. Not only is there no intuitive meaning to boxes, extruded boxes, arrows and stars. Granted, there are not many good English words with which to describe the distinction between a router and a switch. But these are networking and inter-networking concepts, and those are the salient distinctions. Obviously, Cisco prolonging this opaque codex of symbols because these symbols represent mostly their own products, and not concepts. I think these symbols are fatuous compared to what the desktop and mobile markets have developed in terms of symbology. The former appears to have very little basis in symbolic anthropology. Just check out this google search for ‘cisco network switch symbol’:

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