What is Cisco Packet Tracer ?

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Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulator that can be utilized in training for CCNA TM and CCNP TM certification exam by allowing students to create networks with an almost unlimited number of devices and to experience troubleshooting without having to buy real CiscoTM routers or switches.

Cisco Packet Tracer features 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. It also includes Cisco IOS 15 with licence features which was introduced in the CCNA exam in 2013.

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.3 has been released on 22th december 2015 by Cisco. This is a maintenance version with netacad login enabled at application startup. It replaces Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 Student and Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 Instructor. Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 includes an ASA 5505 firewall with command line configuration (but no Adaptive Security Device Manageror CCP tools). It also includes a netflow collector as a Desktop application in the server device, routing protocols for IPv6 (OSPFv3, EIGRPv6 , RIPNg), DHCP snooping commands, IPv6 CEF, IPSEC ...

Packet Tracer 6.2 introduced 3G/4G telephony support as well as a new Cisco 819 ISR router with a embedded wireless Access Point. OSPF and EIGRP enhancements were also added in this new version.

Update 06/03/2016 : Packet Tracer 7.0 is under active development and will include new IoE (Internet Of Everything) features and a new Cisco 2100 wireless lan controller (WLC). Last known build is Packet Tracer 7.0 build 116+ as of 2015-11-22. Packet Tracer 7.0 is expected to be released on 29 July 2016 as Cisco announced it last week on it's website.

Update 01/05/2016 : Prepare the CCNA and CCNP datacenter exam using UCS server emulator (UCS PE) and VIRL NXOS simulator. Thse two tools will help you get strong practical experience on the Cisco main datacenter technologies before taking the exam. Enjoy ;-)

Download Cisco Packet Tracer 6.3

Cisco Packet Tracer is created by Cisco SystemsTM and provided for free distribution to faculty, students, and alumni who are or have participated in the Networking AcademyTM program. Self-learners are not allowed to download Packet Tracer.

Packet Tracer 6.2 student and instructor MD5 and SHA package sums available on our download page.

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 instructor and student versions are currently available for download for Cisco Netacad Alumni from the Packet Tracer resource page on Cisco Networking AcademyTM website.

Log in to Cisco CCNA Netspace (NetacadTM website) and select Cisco Packet Tracer in the menu to access the download page.

Packet Tracer 7.x expected IoE features

In a rapidly  growing IoE (Internet Of Everything) market, Cisco announced new Industrial/IoT certification (IMINS2 Exam) program to help students and network professionnals to builds the skills required to converge Industrial Plant floor with IT infrastructure.

Packet Tracer 7.x is expected to provide IoE training capabilities with the following new devices and features :

  • New wireless IoE device
  • IoE service in servers
  • IoE registration server
  • An I2IoE "Home IoE Implementation" lab

Packet Tracer 7.x is under active development and the recent announces about the  new  IMINS2 Exam and the associated reveal that Packet Tracer 7.x could be soon released for studentshaving the new CCNA Industrial course.

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 ASA support

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1 introduced Cisco ASA 5505 firewall support.

Packet Tracer 6.2 ASA security

ASA 5505 firewall security concept

Discover how to configure clientless SSL VPN on ASA 5505 firewall and to setup a DMZ using Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 version.

PTBridge : Connect Cisco Packet Tracer to real network

Update 23/01/2016 : An open source version of ptbridge is now available on GitHub. This PTBridge version works with Packet Tracer 6.2 multiuser connection (server mode). It translates Packet Tracer packets and protocols to real ones and allows real network interaction with Packet Tracer simulated environment. ASA features such as IPSEC VPN or SSL clientless will be tested soon. Watch for upcoming test results !

Since Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3.3, it has been possible to connect Cisco Packet Tracer simulated environment to real world networks using PTBridge which is an external java application (PT533-Bridge-1.0.11.jar for Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3.3) working with the following components :

  • Java JRE > 6
  • WinPcap v4.1.2 (captures the packets)
  • JnetPcap v1.3.0 (decodes the captured packets)
  • Packet Tracer multiuser cloud configured on TCP 38000 port.


PTBridge : Connect Packet Tracer with real world networks

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 2.0 for Android

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 2.0 is the second Packet Tracer version released by Cisco for android tablets. Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile 2.0 is not available for windows 8 or ipad devices.

Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile LAN lab example with simulated traffic

This mobile version is based on the Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 simulation engine and is thus compatible with Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 labs. Limitations and differences with Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 desktop version can be found in the release notes available on Cisco netacad website. A Cisco Networking Academy Netspace account is required to use the full features of the simulation software.

Packet Tracer mobile 2.0 requires Android > 4.2 on ARMv7 CPU tablets. User interface is optimized for screens with a minimum size of 7 inches and is as such difficultly usable on a phone.

Download TSHOOT topology for Packet Tracer

CCNP TSHOOT is a qualifying exam for the CCNP certification. It differs from the other CCNP exams (SWITCH & ROUTE) by requesting the exam candidate to work on simulated Trouble Tickets. The network topology of the tickets is publicly available on Cisco website.

CCNP TSHOOT topology lab for Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1

This CCNP TSHOOT lab is now available in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 to help students to prepare the exam by beeing comfortable with the exam network topology and concepts before taking the exam.

Download Packet Tracer 6.1 TSHOOT lab