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 6.2 has been released in two versions by Cisco in February 2015 : "Cisco Packet Tracer Student" and "Cisco Packet Tracer 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 27/05/2015 : Packet Tracer 7.0 is under development and could include new IoE (Internet Of Everything) items and an IoE registration server. Last known build is Packet Tracer 7.0 build 71 as of 2015-03-11.
Update 17/06/2015: The new Packet Tracer Community forum has been launched a few days ago. This forum is the first one fully dedicated to Cisco Packet Tracer to help users sharing knowledge, labs, bug reports about this application.
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.
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.
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.
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 free Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 activity files (pka) designed by our team for CCNA TM and CCNP TM certification exams training.