Packet Tracer 7.0 is a major Packet Tracer release with major improvements and new features : new Cisco switch and routers, SPAN/ERSPAN, improved server device, ... Internet Of Everything features, sensors ans programmig languages is the main improvement of this new version which become a good network simulator for prepaing the new CCNA Industrial exam.
Packet Tracer 7.0 new features
New Cisco network devices:
- Cisco IE2000 industrial switch
- Cisco 819IOX router with applications hosting (virtual machines) capabilities
- Cisco 829 Industrial integrated service (ISR) router
- Cisco 1240 Connected Grid Router
- IoT home gateway
Other devices :
- Server device : New "Internet of Everything" and "VM Management"
- Registration server for IoT devices
- Single board Computer (SBC)
- Microcontroller Unit (MCU)
- IOE devices and sensors in a new IoE devices category: solar panel, power meter, car, wireless home gateway, power meter, weight sensor, motion detector, temperature sensor, conveyor sensor, ...
- Programming languages (java, python, blocky visual programming editor...). Provides the capability to program IoT devices custom behavior.
- Fully customizable IOE "Thing" with wireless or wired network capacibilites. Provides the capability to build an unlimited set of simulated items with IOE capabilities.
- Programming tab added in the IoE device configuration box
- Wireless IOE RFID sensor.
- Wireless IOE RFID items.
New network features & protocols :
- Precision Time Protocol (PTP)
- Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP)
- Improved PoE support
- IoT switch protocol support
- Pipe ( | ) in show commands
- Improved PoE support
- Modifiable environment (time, sun, ...) for demonstrating IoT devices capabilities
Packet Tracer 7.0 Supported protocols
|Application||FTP , SMTP, POP3, HTTP, TFTP, Telnet, SSH, DNS, DHCP, NTP, SNMP, AAA, ISR VOIP, SCCP config and calls ISR command support, Call Manager Express, IoT|
|Transport||TCP and UDP, TCP Nagle Algorithm & IP Fragmentation, RTP|
|Network||BGP, IPv4, ICMP, ARP, IPv6, ICMPv6, IPSec, RIPv1/v2/ng, Multi-Area OSPF, OSPFv3, EIGRP, EIGRPv6, Static Routing, Route Redistribution, Multilayer Switching, L3 QoS, NAT, CBAL , Zone-based policy firewall and Intrusion Protection System on the ISR, GRE VPN, IPSec VPN, HSRP, CEF, SPAN/RSPAN, L2NAT, PTP, REP, LLDP|
|Network Access/Interface||Ethernet (802.3), 802.11, HDLC, Frame Relay, PPP, PPPoE, STP, RSTP, VTP, DTP, CDP, 802.1q, PAgP, L2 QoS, SLARP, Simple WEP, WPA, EAP, VLANs, CSMA/CD, Etherchannel, DSL, 3/4 G network support|
For optimal performance when running Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0, the following hardware configuartion are recommended :
- CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 3.0 GHz or better
- RAM: 1 GB or more
- Storage: 500 MB of free disk space
- Display resolution: 1024 x 768
- Sound card and speakers
- Internet connectivity (if using the Multiuser feature)
Packet Tracer 7.0 is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and Ubuntu Linux, for both 32bit and 64bit. Windows XP is not supported anaymore by Packet Tracer..
Packet Tracer 7.0 requires a valid Cisco Networking Academy login for unrestricted use. Without a valid account, Packet Tracer can be used with the Guest Account whichwill limit the number of times that files can be saved. Guest logins aren't remembered : the next time Packet Tracer is run after a guest login, the guest login will need to be done again.
To log in as a guest, use the Guest Login button. This will open a page to help you sign up for an account, a countdown will appear in the button. Once the countdown has finished, press it again to enter Packet Tracer.
It is highly recommended to open a free Cisco Networking Academy account to unlock register Packet Tracer 7.0 in your environment and benefit from free Netacad networking lessons.
Packet Tracer 7.0 Ubuntu/Linux installation
Packet Tracer 7.0 is provided as a .tar.gz package for Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) on Netacad website. Ubuntu 12.04 is supported for 32 bit installation. A source installer is embedded in the package. Installation as been reported to work on other linux distributions, but this setup is not officially supported.
Detailled installation procedure
Extract PacketTracer70_64bit_linux.tar.gz :
tar -xvzf PacketTracer70_64bit_linux.tar.gz
Go to the "PacketTracer70" folder generated after the extraction :
Install Packet Tracer 7.0 using the ./install command. Packet Tracer 7.0 will be installed by default in /opt/pt with a symbolic link in /usr/local/bin
admin@ubuntu01:~/PacketTracer70$ ./install Welcome to Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0 Installation Read the following End User License Agreement “EULA” carefully. You must accept the terms of this EULA to install and use Cisco Packet Tracer. Press the Enter key to read the EULA. Press the EnterCisco Packet Tracer Software License AgreementIMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THIS CISCO PACKET TRACER SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT (THE "AGREEMENT") CAREFULLY. DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING OR USING THE CISCO PACKET TRACER SOFTWARE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE ........................ .......................... Cisco, Cisco Systems, and the Cisco Systems logo are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries. Any other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.Do you accept the terms of the EULA? (Y)es/(N)o Y You have accepted the terms to the EULA. Congratulations. Packet Tracer will now be installed. Enter location to install Cisco Packet Tracer or press enter for default [/opt/pt]: Installing into /opt/pt Not able to create and copy files to /opt/pt Should we try to gain root access with sudo? [Yn] Y [sudo] password for admin: Installing into /opt/pt Copied all files successfully to /opt/pt Should we create a symbolic link “packettracer” in /usr/local/bin for easy Cisco Packet Tracer startup? [Yn] Y Type “packettracer” in a terminal to start Cisco Packet Tracer Writing PT7HOME environment variable to /etc/profile Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0 installed successfully admin@ubuntu01:~/PacketTracer70$
IE2000 Industrial switch
Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 switches are compact fixed switching platform available in two form factors : DIN rail mount, wall, or pole mount with IP67 protection. For electrical utilities specific applications, the Cisco IE 2000U Switch has also been released. The different models provide between 6 and 20 Ethernet interfaces and up to 24 Ethernet interfaces on the IE2000 IP67 (various models available).
The IE2000 industrial switch included in Packet Tracer 7.0 is a IE-2000-8T67P-G-E which runs IE2000-UNIVERSALKP-M 15.2(1)EY software version. It features 8 FastEthernet interfaces and 2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Several Precision Time Protocol (PTP) sample labs using IE2000 switch are shipped with Packet Tracer 7 as high precision clock synchronization is required for industrial networks. POE is also supported in the real world switch (to be confirmed in Packet Tracer 7.0)
Cisco 819HG-4G IOX router
Designed for IoT connectivity, the Cisco 819HG-4G-IOX router adds an application hosting capability at the edge of the network, fundation of the new distributed computing ("fog networking") Cisco concept. The Cisco 819HG-4G-IOX features the capability of hosting linux virtual machines directly on the router. . Cisco is basically enabling access to computing and storage resources within the network devices to host applications and interfaces as close as the Internet of Thing devices as possible : the network infrastructureis now able to play for industrial sensors the part that the smartphone plays for personal gear.
The configuration below shows how easy it is to deploy an OVA packages virtual machine on the IOX router :
1. On the router, download ova file via tftp: Router#copy tftp flash Address or name of remote host ? 184.108.40.206 Source filename ? vm1.ova Destination filename [vm1.ova]? 2. Install / unisntall the VM: Router#virtual-service install name vm1 package flash:/vm1.ova Router#virtual-service uninstall name vm1 3. Run / stop the VM: Router#config t Router(config)#virtual-service vm1 Router(config-virt-serv)#[no] activate
The desktop PC device also features a new IoX development toolkit allowing development of custom IoX virtual machines. Guidelines for IoX application development is available on 819-IOx-SDK-Cookbook from Cisco DEVNET.
Cisco 829 Industrial integrated service (ISR) router
Cisco 829 ISR routers are compact, ruggedized, Cisco IOS Software routers with support for integrated 4G LTE wireless WAN and wireless LAN capabilities. The model included in Packet Tracer 7.0 features 4 LAN Gigabit interfaces, 1 wireless AP, and 2 cellular network interfaces.
IR800#show ip interface brief Interface IP-Address OK? Method Status Protocol GigabitEthernet0 unassigned YES unset administratively down down GigabitEthernet1 unassigned YES unset up down GigabitEthernet2 unassigned YES unset up down GigabitEthernet3 unassigned YES unset up down GigabitEthernet4 unassigned YES unset up down wlan-ap0 unassigned YES unset up up Wlan-GigabitEthernet0 unassigned YES unset up up GigabitEthernet5 unassigned YES unset administratively down down Cellular0 unassigned YES IPCP administratively down down Cellular1 unassigned YES IPCP administratively down down Vlan1 unassigned YES unset up up
Cisco 1240 Connected Grid Router
The Connected Grid Router (CGR) 1000 Series Routers are ruggedized, modular platforms certified to meet harsh environmental standards. This modular platform supports various wired and wireless interfaces, and a 902- 928 MHz IPv6 RF mesh that can aggregate up to 5000 endpoints such as smart meters. The router has integrated Ethernet and serial interfaces to connect to DA devices such as sensors, capacitor bank controllers, recloser controllers, and remote terminal units. They support a FastEthernet, GigabitEthernet, serial, cellular, WiMAX, radio-frequency (RF) mesh, and power line communications (PLC).
The CGR 1240 featured in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.0 includes 3 GigabitEthernet, 4 FastEthernet, and 1 802.11 wifi interfaces.
Router#show ip interface brief Interface IP-Address OK? Method Status Protocol GigabitEthernet0/1 unassigned YES unset administratively down down FastEthernet2/3 unassigned YES unset up down FastEthernet2/4 unassigned YES unset up down FastEthernet2/5 unassigned YES unset up down FastEthernet2/6 unassigned YES unset up down GigabitEthernet2/1 unassigned YES unset up down GigabitEthernet2/2 unassigned YES unset up down Dot11Radio2/1 unassigned YES unset administratively down down Vlan1 unassigned YES unset up up
The Cisco C1240 features a single dot11radio interface (interface dot11radio 2/1) by default. The following settings can be configured in Packet Tracer 7.0 on this interface :
- Encryption mode (WEP 40 bits, WEP 128 bits, WPA TKIP, WPA AES-CCM)
- Encryption key (40 bits or 128 bits)
Available encryption modes :
Router(config-if)#encryption mode ciphers ? aes-ccm WPA AES CCMP tkip WPA Temporal Key encryption wep128 128 bit key wep40 40 bit key
Dot11Radio Interface configuration :
interface Dot11Radio2/1 no ip address shutdown encryption key 1 size 128bit 0 TESTKEY encryption mode ciphers aes-ccm
Packet Tracer 7.0 preview screenshots (from development)
Leaked screenshots of the new IoE devices and the new Packet Tracer 7 logical view
First Packet Tracer 7 screenshots leaked have leaked on the internet since July 2015. Enjoy this preview of the Packet Tracer 7 Smart Cities scenarios ;-)
Packet Tracer 7.0 knows issues
Packet Tracer 6.x activities mght not load proprely in Packet Tracer 7.0. Routers ans switches devices might disappear with only the text and the end devices remaining. The same activity file is working well in Packet Tracer 6.3
Icons don't scale properly on laptops with Ultra High Definition screens. To scale PT in high resolution screen, go to Options menu -> Preferences -> Font tab.
Command "Service Password-encryption" on 829 router might crash Packet Tracer 7.0.
The Catalyst 3560 switch supports enabling port-security on interfaces, but it is missing the 'show port-security' command(s). The commands are present on the Catalyst 2960 switch.
What's next ?
IP echo-based SLAs could be supported in the next Packet Tracer version (release number has not leaked) as it has been included by Cisco in ICND2 exam. The feature seems to have been included in the development roadmap.