Packet Tracer 6.2 available for download

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Newer Packet Tracer version available. Have a look on Packet Tracer 7.0 features

 

Packet Tracer 6.2 has been released in february 2015 with version number 6.2.0.0052 (Packet Tracer 6.2 build 52). This new version is available in two versions which can be downloaded on Cisco networking Academy (netacad) platform : "Cisco Packet Tracer Student" and "Cisco Packet Tracer Instructor".

Packet Tracer 6.2 fixes several bugs reported in previous versions and includes a new Cisco 819 router, a wired sniffer with repeater functionnality and some new 3G/4G devices (3G/4G cell tower and central office (CO) server) as well as 3G/4G support for end devices (phone, tablet, server, ...)

 

Packet Tracer 6.2 is fully supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1. Support for Windows XP has been stopped by Cisco in this new version.

 

Packet Tracer 6.2 new features :

HTTP server (server device) :

  • Javascript and CSS support
  • HTTP and FTP linked file management support
  • Externel file import inside Packet Tracer HTTP server

New devices :

  • Cisco 819 Integrated Service Router with wlan access point capability and 3G/4G connectivity
  • 3G/4G telephony cell tower
  • 3G/4G central office (CO) server with coaxial connectivity with up to 8 cell towers
  • Wired sniffer with repeater functionnality

 

 

Cisco 819 Integrated Service Router

Cisco 819 ISR router

This new ISR router features 3G/4G WAN connectivity as well as an internal wireless access point. The router can be connected to the simulated mobile operator infrastructure (cell tower, ...) using the following IOS command :

cellular 0 gsm profile create "profile number" "apn" "authentication" "username" "password" ipv4
Authentication : PAP or CHAP
Username : Username provided by the mobile service provider for 3G/4G connectivity.
Password : Password provided by the mobile service provider for 3G/4G connectivity.

Mobile connectivity can be used to provide backup WAN connectivity for a branch office. In this case, the cellular interface connected to the Internet is isolated in a separate VRF and an IPSEC tunnel is established between the branch office and the central location.

 

Sniffer device

A sniffer device has been added to Packet Tracer 6.2. This traffic analysis device which can be installed inline logs all the selected traffic on a network segment. An event list filter help the user to select the network protocols to record to avoid buffering unwanted traffic. This device records traffic in "RealTime" Packet Tracer mode and is better than Packet Tracer "Simulation" mode to understand packet flow on a specific segment. Packet Tracer "Simulation" has to be prefered to monitor a specific trafic flow (ex : voip, dhcp, ...) on the entire network

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.2 sniffer device with CDP packet analysis

 

Known bugs

ASA 5505 firewall bugs

A major CLI bug affects Packet Tracer 6.2 ipsec configuration. The crypto ipsec ikev1 transform-set --name-- esp-aes-256 esp-sha-hmac is not correctly written in the running-config and as such not saved when closing the lab pkt file. The command appears as below in the running-config :
crypto ipsec ikev1 transform-set --name-- esp-aes 256 esp-sha-hmac
Consequence : The following two lines are not saved in a pkt lab simulating IPSEC tunnels between ASA 5505 firewalls
crypto ipsec ikev1 transform-set  --transform-set-name--  esp-aes-256 esp-sha-hmac

crypto map --map-name-- 1 set ikev1 transform-set --transform-set-name-- 

Other bugs

Bug ID Severity Priority Resolution Bug description
16848 major (protocol error     PT6.2 - build 28 - Initial network needs IPv6 nodes
15942 Graphics error P3 --- 6.2 PWS: Wireless coverage grid appearing outside the Home City box when looking at Intercity workspace
16477 enhancement request P4 --- PT6.2 - build 18 - physical mode copy - paste - undo - redo
16287 Graphics error P5 --- PT6.2 - build 15 - physical mode - container re-size issue
16360 major (protocol error     PT6.2 - build 15 - Activity Wizard - saved file data dissapears
16767 Graphics error P5 --- (QT) CRASH - PT(6.2.0.0027) - from telemetry collector.
17010 Graphics error P5 --- PT6.2 - build 33 - physical mode - load background image
17336 Graphics error P5 --- CRASH - PT(6.2.0.0028) - from telemetry collector.
17378 Graphics error P5 --- PT6.2 - build 41 - physical mode+logical mode - physical and logical Icons resize erratically
17460 Graphics error P5 --- PT6.2 - build 45 Physical mode rack device replication error
17497 Graphics error P5 --- entered an ip on the 819 router in PT6.2sv
17519 critical (crash or freeze) P5 --- Snapshots saved as .PKT cannot be opened without causing PT 6.2 Student to crash
16265 Graphics error P5 --- PT6.2 - build 9 - attached file multiuser template with IP address and Port number shown
16296 Graphics error P5 --- PT6.2 - build 15 - physical mode - container navigation issue
16252 major (protocol error     PT6.2 - build 8 - screen pop-up location
16489 Graphics error P5 --- 6.2 webcore crash