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 curriculum.
It also includes Cisco IOS 15 with licence features which was introduced in the CCNA exam in 2013, wireless capabilities with WLC and lightweight access point, and security devices with ASA 5505 and 5506-X firewalls.
Update 23/08/2018 : Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 has been released for download on Netacad website at the beginning of August.
This is a major release with :
Packet Tracer 7.2 also corrects several stability issues of Cisco Packet Tracer 7.1.
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 is created by Cisco SystemsTM and is now freely downloadable for everyone on netacad.com ..
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.1, 7.1.1 and 7.2 are available for free and unrestricted download on the Packet Tracer resource page on Cisco Networking AcademyTM website. Networking Academy registration is now open to everyone and self-learners are now allowed to download Packet Tracer.
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 7.2 provides advanced IoE capabilities with the following new devices and features :
Download free Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 activity files (pka) designed by our team for CCNA TM and CCNP TM certification exams training.
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 added Cisco ASA 5506 firewall support as ASA 5505 is getting depreacted. However, firepower functionalities support is not yet confirmed.
ASA 5505 firewall security concept