Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 is a powerful network simulator for CCNATM and CCNPTM certification exam training 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 routing & switching protocols with STP, HSRP, RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP to the extent required by the current Cisco CCNA curriculum as well as application layer protocols (HTTP, DNS, …) to simulate network trafic .
It also includes Cisco IOS 15 with licence features, wireless capabilities with WLC and lightweight access point, and security devices with ASA 5505 and 5506-X firewalls.
Update 24/02/2021 : A new Cisco Packet Tracer 8.0.0 version has just been released for download on Netacad website.
Packet Tracer 8.0.0 main new features are the SDN network controller as well as the API programming capabilities which can be accessed from the host PC using real world proframming tools (curl, Python requests, VS code, ....)
Packet Tracer 8.0.0 also introduces a new GUI apearence as well as a new Packet Tracer splash screen.
Update : CCNA 7.0.2 is only supported with Packet Tracer 8.0.0. Students learning CCNA 7 should stay with Packet Tracer 7.3.1.
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 is created by Cisco SystemsTM and is freely downloadable for everyone on netacad.com .
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 is available for free and unrestricted download on the Packet Tracer resource page on Cisco Networking AcademyTM website. Networking Academy registration is open to everyone and self-learners are now allowed to download Packet Tracer.
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.4.0T has been released for download as a virtual machine for Cisco DevNet DEVASC students
Compared with Cisco Packet Tracer, GNS3 runs real IOS images and emulates all the features of real Cisco ISR routers, Cisco security devices, L4/L7 appliances, ...
From GNS3 installation through the creation of complex simulated netwoks, this guide to GNS3 will give you the know-how needed for Cisco CCNP ENTERPRISE and CCIE certifications :
Download free Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 activity files (pka) designed by our team for CCNA and CCNP ENTERPRISE certification exams training.
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 features Cisco ASA 5506-X firewall support as ASA 5505 is getting deprecated. Firepower functionalities are not supported in this release.
ASA 5506 firewall security concept