Cisco Packet Tracer supports an array of simulated Application layer protocols (HTTP, DNS, …), as well as basic routing with RIP, OSPF, and EIGRP, to the extent required by the current CCNA TM curriculum. The new IOS 15 added in the 6.0.1 version is a chance for students to prepare for the new CCNA curriculum. With the introduction of versions 5.3 and 6.0, several new features were added, including BGP and HSRP, which are part of the CCNP TM curriculum. Despite some feature limitations, students preparing CCNP Route and CCNP Switch exams are also able to simulate basic IP telephony with Cisco Call Manager Express and IPSEC VPN using Cisco 2811 routers.
While Cisco 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 TM and focuses on CCENT / CCNA preparation. Work on Cisco hardware (switches & routers) or GNS3 simulation software is hardly recommended for a good preparation for CCNP exam simulation questions.
Packet Tracer 6.0.1 network simulation software has been released in May 2013 for Cisco Networking Academy (netacad) alumni. This new version introduces :
Packet Tracer 6.1 is currently under development.This future Packet Tracer version will include Cisco ASA firewall and a new Internet cloud device.
The spanish video below presents a preview of Packet Tracer 6.1.0 BETA build 82. Enjoy ;-)
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