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.
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 03/08/2015 : Packet Tracer 7.0 is under active development and will include new IoE (Internet Of Everything) features. Last known build is Packet Tracer 7.0 build 88 as of 2015-08-03. No release date has leaked for the moment but active testing activity was reported last week with 17 new bug tickets opened.
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.
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 labs
Download free Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 activity files (pka) designed by our team for CCNA TM and CCNP TM certification exams training.
PTBridge : Connect Cisco Packet Tracer to real network
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.
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.
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.