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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 Cisco TM routers or switches.


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.


Update : The next version of Cisco Packet Tracer will be 6.1. This version is under development and the current test environnment is Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 build 87. This version will include a Cisco ASA 5505 firewall with command line configuration (but no Adaptive Security Device Manager or CCP tools). It will also include a netflow collector and host-based IPv4/IPv6 firewalls. Start discovering the firewall features with Zone Based Firewalling available on ISR routers in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1


What's new in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1

Packet Tracer 6.0.1 network simulation software has been released in May 2013 for Cisco Networking Academy (netacad) alumni. This new version introduces :

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Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 preview

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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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 this software.


Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1 is currently available for download for Cisco Netacad Alumni from the Packet Tracer resource page on Cisco Networking AcademyTM pages.


To access this page, log in to Academy Connection (CiscoTM website) and click the Packet Tracer graphic on the left of the page, select Software Downloads, then select the appropriate download package for your needs.


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Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1 : New routers featuring IOS 15

The new ISR routers included in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1 are delivered with IOS 15.1(4)M4 (C1900-UNIVERSALK9-M and C2900-UNIVERSALK9-M).

Cisco 1941 ISR router available in Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Cisco 2901 ISR router newly implemented in Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Cisco 2911 ISR router available in Packet Tracer since version 6.0.1
Cisco 1941 Integrated Services Router Cisco 2901 Integrated Services Router Cisco 2911 Integrated Services Router


This IOS version is provided with the ipbase licence activated. The security and unified communications licences can be activated for a 60 grace period with the following CLI commands :

  • Security (Cisco 1941, Cisco 2901, Cisco 2911) : license boot module c2900 technology-package securityk9
  • Unified communications (Cisco 2901 and Cisco 2911 only) : license boot module c2900 technology-package uck9




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