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 Mobile 1.0 is the first Packet Tracer version released by Cisco for android tablets. Packet Tracer Mobile 1.0 is not available for windows 8 or ipad devices.
This mobile version is based on the Packet Tracer 6.1 simulation engine and is thus compatible with PT 6.1 labs. Limitations and differences from Packet Tracer 6.1 desktop version can be found in the release notes.
Cisco Networking Academy (netacad) is a Cisco Systems education program which goal is to prepare students for certification exams such as CCNA, CCNP, ... Courses are available in about 9000 local academies over 165 different countries around the world. Packet Tracer can be freely downloaded from Cisco web site by students and instructors members of the netacad program.
Update 17/09/2014 : The Cisco networkinh academy CCNA Routing & Switching 5.0 course material (pka files, ...) is affected by Packet Tracer 6.1.1 bug fixes. Cisco released an updated version of CCNA Routing & Switching (v5.02) to addess this problem. The new material is not backward compatible with previous Packet Tracer versions. Have a look on cisco official website for more informations about this issue.
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