Packet Tracer

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Cisco Packet Tracer
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Cisco Packet Tracer 5.0 in Windows 7
Developer(s) Cisco Systems
Stable release 6.0.1
Preview release 6.1 build 87
Development status Active
Operating system Linux and Microsoft Windows
Available in English, Russian, German, Portuguese, Spanish and French
License Proprietary
Website www.cisco.com/web/learning/netacad/course_catalog/PacketTracer.html

Cisco Packet Tracer is a network simulation program that allows students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions. As an integral part of the Networking Academy comprehensive learning experience, Packet Tracer provides simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities and facilitates the teaching and learning of complex technology concepts.

Packet Tracer features[edit]

The current version of Packet Tracer supports an array of simulated Application Layer protocols, as well as basic routing with RIP, OSPF, and EIGRP, to the extents required by the current CCNA curriculum. While Packet Tracer aims to provide a realistic simulation of functional networks, the application itself utilizes only a small number of features found within the actual hardware running a current Cisco IOS version. Thus, Packet Tracer is unsuitable for modeling production networks. With the introduction of version 5.3, several new features were added, including BGP. BGP is not part of the CCNA curriculum, but part of the CCNP curriculum.

Packet Tracer 6.0 - New features[edit]

  • IOS 15
  • HWIC-2T and HWIC-8A modules
  • 3 new cisco routers (Cisco 1941, Cisco 2901, Cisco 2911)
  • HSRP support
  • Activity Wizard and Variable Manager improvement
  • BGP configurations

Packet Tracer 5.3 - New features[edit]

  • Improved Linksys models, wireless security
  • Cable and DSL enhancements
  • Call Manager Express (VOIP support)
  • FTP server and routers/switches - Server and Client
  • Email system (SMTP – POP3) - Server and Client
  • BGP – limited implementation that allows for a more realistic representation of the Internet for scenarios
  • Generic IP end devices – to create more versatility in device creation
  • Activity Wizard Initial Tree enhancements – more scenario variations

Taken From: http://www.cisco.com/web/offer/emea/7130/docs/PT5.pdf

Use in education[edit]

Packet Tracer is commonly used by Cisco Networking Academy students working towards Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Due to functional limitations, it is intended by Cisco to be used only as a learning aid, not a replacement for Cisco routers and switches. Packet Tracer can be used to understand various concepts of networking with simulation, It can be used to design a network by connecting various networking devices and running various troubleshooting tests to check the connectivity and communication between different networking devices. Packet Tracer can be used to understand the use of different networking devices appropriately and the difference in their working. As it is costly to buy various networking equipment while learning networking, Packet Tracer can be used to understand computer networks.

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