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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 - Router devices and WIC modules

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This page presents the Cisco ISR routers simulated in Cisco TM Packet Tracer 7.3.1 and the WAN Interface Cards (WIC) and Network Modules (NM) available for those equipments.

Router devices emulated in Cisco Packet Tracer

Cisco 1841 ISR router

The Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Router provides two fixed 10/100 (100BASE-TX) Ethernet ports, two integrated High-Speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC) slots that are compatible with WAN Interface Card (WICs) and Voice/WAN Interface Cards (VWICs), and one internal Advanced Integration Module (AIM) slot.

 

Cisco 2620XM ISR router

The Cisco 2620XM Multiservice Router provides a one-network module slot platform with one fixed 10/100 (100BASE-TX) Ethernet port, two integrated WAN Interface Card (WIC) slots, and one Advanced Integration Module (AIM) slot.

 

Cisco 2621XM ISR router

The Cisco 2621XM Multiservice Router provides a one-network module slot platform with two fixed 10/100 (100BASE-TX) Ethernet ports, two integrated WAN Interface Card (WIC) slots, and one Advanced Integration Module (AIM) slot.

The 2621XM supports the same modules that the 2620XM supports.

 

Cisco 2811 ISR router

The Cisco 2811 Integrated Services Router provides one Enhanced Network-Module slot with two fixed 10/100 (100BASE-TX) Ethernet ports, four integrated High-Speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC) slots that are compatible with WAN Interface Card (WICs), Voice Interface Cards (VICs) and Voice/WAN Interface Cards (VWICs), and dual Advanced Integration Module (AIM) slots.

 

Cisco 1941 ISR router

The Cisco 1941 Integrated Services Router (ISR) delivers highly secure data, mobility, and application services. Key features include two integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 2 enhanced High-Speed WAN Interface Card slots, HWIC1 Internal Services Module slot, Fully integrated power distribution to modules supporting 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Cisco Enhanced PoE.

 

Cisco 2901 ISR router

The Cisco 2901 Integrated Services Router (ISR) has been designed to delivers data, voice, video, and application services for branch offices. It includes 2 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and 4 enhanced high-speed WAN interface card slots. This router key features are hardware-accelerated VPN encryption, integrated threat control, and 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).

 

Cisco 2911 ISR router

The Cisco 2911 Integrated Services Router (ISR) provides 2 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 4 enhanced high-speed WAN interface card (WIC) slots, 2 onboard digital signal processor (DSP) slots and 1 onboard Internal Service Module for application services.

 

Cisco 819 ISR router

The Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR) supports machine-to-machine (M2M) applications that can enable enterprises to use 3G wireless WAN network services.

Cisco 829 ISR router

Cisco 829 Industrial Integrated Services Routers provide highly secure, reliable, and easy-to-manage 3G/4G LTE WAN cellular and Wireless LAN connectivity for mobile environments.

 

Cisco CGR 1240 rugged router

The CGR 1240 is a ruggedized communication platform, designed for use in Field Area Network (FAN) power distribution grids that require outdoor, pole-mounted routers. The FAN is a distribution system in which power generation and transmission are linked to the power consumers.

Cisco 4321 ISR router (added in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.1)

Added in Packet Tracer 7.1, the Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) revolutionize WAN communications in the enterprise branch. With new levels of built-in intelligent network capabilities and convergence, the routers specifically address the growing need for application-aware networking in distributed enterprise sites.

 

Cisco 4331 Integrated Services Router (added in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3)

Added in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3, Cisco ISR 4331 and ISR 4321 feature Cisco IOS image resilience through secure boot-image and secure boot-config commands and add network programmability support to Packet Tracer through NETCONF / YANG protocols which are topics of the CCNP Enterprise ENCOR exam. Cisco ISR 4000 series support a large range of WAN or LAN connectivity options such as T1, T3/, serial, 10Gigabit Ethernet, and 4G LTE capabilities. It's network programmability capabilities through NETCONF / YANG model allow operationnal cost savings and makes configuration of a large branch offices number easier.

 

WIC modules

Module
Photo
Description
WIC-1AM

Cisco WIC-1AM module

The WIC-1AM provides one internal V.90 analog modems. This WIC can be used for basic telephone service connections. The WIC-1AM uses one port for connection to a standard telephone line, and the other port can be connected to a basic analog telephone for use when the modem is idle.

WIC-1ENET

Cisco WIC-1ENET module

The WIC-1ENET is a single-port 10 Mbps Ethernet interface card, for use with 10BASE-T Ethernet LANs.
WIC-1T

Cisco WIC-1T module

The WIC-1T provides a single port serial connection to remote sites or legacy serial network devices such as alarm systems, Synchronous Data Link Control (SDLC) concentrators, and packet over SONET devices.

Sync Max Speed : 2048 Mbit/s
Async Max Speed : 115.2 Kbit/s

WIC-2AM Cisco WIC-2AM module The WIC-2AM card features dual RJ-11 connectors, which are used for basic telephone service connections. The WIC-2AM has two internal V.90 analog modems to allow multiple data communication connections. These WICs can be used for incoming or outgoing analog modem calls.
WIC-2T

Cisco WIC-2T module

The 2-port asynchronous/synchronous serial network module provides flexible multi-protocol support, with each port individually configurable in synchronous or asynchronous mode, offering mixed media dial support in a single chassis. Applications for asynchronous/synchronous support include:

- Low speed WAN aggregation (up to 128 Kbps),
- Dial-up modem support,
- Async or Sync connections to management ports of other equipment,
- Transport of legacy protocols such as Bi-sync and SDLC.

HWIC-4ESW Cisco HWIC-4ESW module The HWIC-4ESW provides four switching ports.
HWIC-8A Cisco HWIC-8A module New module included in CiscoPacket Tracer 6.0.1Cisco ISR routers. This serial modules allows out of band management of Cisco networking devices through their console port. The HWIC-8A module allows the connection of 8 console cables using the octal cable, each serial connection being mapped to a TCP port for telnet access.
WIC-Cover

Cisco WIC cover

The WIC cover plate provides protection for the internal electronic components. It also helps maintain adequate cooling by normalizing airflow.

 

 

Network modules (NM)

Module
Photo
Description
NM-1E Cisco NM-1E module The NM-1E features a single Ethernet port that can connect a LAN backbone which can also support either six PRI connections to aggregate ISDN lines, or 24 synchronous/asynchronous ports.
NM-1E2W Cisco NM-1E2W module (2 WIC slots) The NM-1E2W provides a single Ethernet port with two WIC slots that can support a single Ethernet LAN, together with two serial/ISDN backhaul lines, and still allow multiple serial or ISDN in the same chassis.
NM-1FE-FX

Cisco NM-1FE-FX module

The NM-1FE-FX Module provides one Fast-Ethernet interface for use with fiber media. Ideal for a wide range of LAN applications, the Fast Ethernet network modules support many internetworking features and standards. Single port network modules offer autosensing 10/100BaseTX or 100BaseFX Ethernet.
NM-1FE-TX

Cisco NM-1FE-TX module

The NM-1FE-TX Module provides one Fast-Ethernet interface for use with copper media. Ideal for a wide range of LAN applications, the Fast Ethernet network modules support many internetworking features and standards. Single port network modules offer autosensing 10/100BaseTX or 100BaseFX Ethernet. The TX (copper) version supports virtual LAN (VLAN) deployment.
NM-1FE2W Cisco NM-1FE2W module (2 WIC slots) The NM-1FE2W Module provides one Fast-Ethernet interface for use with copper media, in addition to two Wan Interface Card expansion slots. Ideal for a wide range of LAN applications, the Fast Ethernet network modules support many internetworking features and standards. Single port network modules offer autosensing 10/100BaseTX or 100BaseFX Ethernet. The TX (copper) version supports virtual LAN (VLAN) deployment.
NM-2E2W   The NM-2E2W provides two Ethernet ports with two WIC slots that can support two Ethernet LANs, together with two serial/ISDN backhaul lines, and still allow multiple serial or ISDN in the same chassis.
NM-2FE2W   The NM-2FE2W Module provides two Fast-Ethernet interfaces for use with copper media, in addition to two Wan Interface Card expansion slots. Ideal for a wide range of LAN applications, the Fast Ethernet network modules support many internetworking features and standards.

NM-2W

  The NM-2W Module provides two WAN Interface Card expansion slots. It can be used with a broad range of interface cards, supporting a diverse array of physical media and network protocols.
NM-4A/S Cisco NM-4AS module The 4-port asynchronous/synchronous serial network module provides flexible multi-protocol support, with each port individually configurable in synchronous or asynchronous mode, offering mixed-media dial support in a single chassis. Applications for Asynchronous/Synchronous support include: Low speed WAN aggregation (up to 128 Kbps), dial-up modem support, Async or Sync connections to management ports of other equipment, and transport of legacy protocols such as Bi-sync and SDLC.
NM-4E   The NM-4E features four Ethernet ports for multifunction solutions that require higher-density Ethernet than the mixed-media network modules.
NM-8A/S   The 8-port asynchronous/synchronous serial network module provides flexible multi-protocol support, with each port individually configurable in synchronous or asynchronous mode, offering mixed-media dial support in a single chassis. Applications for Asynchronous/Synchronous support include: Low speed WAN aggregation (up to 128 Kbps), dial-up modem support, Async or Sync connections to management ports of other equipment, and transport of legacy protocols such as Bi-sync and SDLC.
NM-8AM Cisco NM-8AM module The NM-8AM Integrated V.92 analog modem network module provides cost-effective analog telephone service connectivity for lower-density remote-access service (RAS), dial-out and fax-out modem access, asynchronous dial-on-demand routing (DDR) plus dial backup, and remote router management. Both the 8-port and 16-port versions use RJ-11 jacks to connect the integrated modems to basic analog telephone lines on the public switched telephone network (PSTN) or private telephony systems.
NM-Cover   The NM cover plate provides protection for the internal electronic components. It also helps maintain adequate cooling by normalizing airflow.

What's new in Packet Tracer 7.3 ?

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer 7.3.1.0362. Have a look at Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 new features.

What's new in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 ?

Packet Tracer 7.3 main new feature is the support of the CCNA 7 package which is not compatible with previous Packet Tracer versions. For CCNA 6 (and older versions), Cisco recommends instructors and students to stay with Packet Tracer 7.2.2. Students learning both CCNA 6 and 7 should use Packet Tracer 7.3.0. 

Packet Tracer 7.3 workspace improvements :

  • New workspace themes
  • Aligned workspace objects
  • Ability to deploy network devices to a specific rack
  • Accessibility update
  • Ability to name a physical rack

Protocol and software improvements :

  • IP OSPF Point-to-Point on Ethernet interface
  • IPv6 OSPF Point-to-Point on Ethernet interface
  • Dynamic ARP inspection
  • WLC GUI fixes and enhancements
  • DHCP snooping fixes and enhancements
  • Section output modifier for show commands
  • Accessibility, security, and usability enhancements and optimizations for all platforms
  • Upgraded PTSA and PTMO support
  • Various enhancements to existing protocols

New devices in Packet Tracer 7.3 :

  • Cisco 4331 Integrated Services Router
  • Cisco Wireless Lan Controller 3504

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.0 splash screen

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 added support for Ubuntu 18.04.3 (Bionic Weaver). Previous Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) version which is no longer supported.

 

New devices in Packet Tracer 7.3

Cisco 4331 Integrated Services Router

The Cisco ISR 4000 Series contains seven hardware platforms: the 4461 4451, 4431, 4351, 4331, 4321 and 4221 ISRs providing throughput capabilities upto 10Gbps. It supports a wide range of WAN connectivity options such as T1, T3/, serial, 10Gigabit Ethernet, and 4G LTE capabilities. It's network programmability capabilities through NETCONF / YANG model allow operationnal cost savings and makes configuration of a large branch offices number easier. NETCONF / YANG is a topic of the new CCNP Enterprise ENCOR exam.

Cisco ISR 4321 router in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3

Cisco ISR 4331 and ISR 4321 are emulated in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3. They feature Cisco IOS image resilience through secure boot-image and secure boot-config commands. The secure boot-image command copies the IOS image in a write-protected flash device not accessible in EXEC mode (It can be viewed in ROMMON mode.) When turned on for the first time, the running image is secured. 

R1(config)# secure boot-image 
.Feb 11 25:40:13.170: %IOS_RESILIENCE-5-IMAGE_RESIL_ACTIVE: Successfully secured running image

R1(config)# secure boot-config 
.Feb 11 25:42:18.691: %IOS_RESILIENCE-5-CONFIG_RESIL_ACTIVE: Successfully secured config archive [flash:.runcfg-20150211-224218.ar]

 

Cisco Wireless Lan Controller 3504

Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a compact and service-rich wireless LAN controller platform platform that enables next-generation wireless networks for branch office deployments and small to medium businesses; Optimized to enable 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless networks.

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 new device : 3504 Wireless Lan Controller

The 3504 WLC supports :

  • 4-Gbps throughput
  • 150 access points
  • 3000 clients
  • 1x Multigigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet), + 4x 1 Gigabit Etherne
  • 4096 VLANs

 

New features in Packet Tracer 7.3

Dynamic ARP Inspection

Based on DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection (DAI) is a security feature rejecting ARP packets in which advertised MAC address does not match any DHCP snooping entry for the switch port on which the ARP packet has been received. This behaviorpreventsman-in-the-middle attacks, where an unfriendly station intercepts traffic for other stations by poisoning the ARP caches of its unsuspecting neighbors.

Packet Tracer 7.3 dynamic arp inspection lab topology

DAI relies on DHCP snooping switch database. DHCP snooping listens to DHCP message between DHCP clients and DHCP servers. It builds a bindings database of valid tuples (MAC address, IP address, VLAN interface).

A sample Dynamic ARP Inspection lab is provided with Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3

 

Install Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3

Packet Tracer 7.3 setup on Ubuntu linux distribution

Download Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 .deb package for Ubuntu 18.04.03 LTS from Netacad website.

As Packet Tracer is now distributed as a Debian .deb package, it can be installed using the dpkg command as any standard Ubuntu package.

sudo dpkg -i PacketTracer_730_amd64.deb

What's new in Packet Tracer 7.2.2 ?

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer 7.3.1.0362. Have a look at Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 new features.

Packet Tracer 7.2.2 was released on september 2019 and was the second maintenance release of Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.

Cisco could continue adding external interfaces to Packet Tracer to make it able to communicate with real network equipments. After having released real HTTP server and real web socket features in Packet Tracer 7.2, future Packet Tracer  release could bring innovative network interaction between Packet Tracer and Cisco CSR 1000v.

 Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 build 418 splash screen  

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 new features

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 removes the Java dependence and makes it easier to use Packet Tracer Skills Assessment (PTSA) and Packet Tracer Media Objects (PTMO)  :

  • After installing Packet Tracer 7.2.2, PTSA and PTMO can be used without installing the Java runtime environment.
  • Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 can be used with current courses that have PTSA/PTMO.

The Packet Tracer Skillls Assessment measure student performance and knowledge of networking concepts using Packet Tracer 7.2.2 simulation capabilities. The online Packet Tracer Skills Assessment environment presents complex network configuration tasks, scores the exams, and provides detailed feedback that supports learning and evaluation of student performance.

Packet Tracer Media Objects are Packet Tracer activities that can act as an interactive media object for multiple choices, drag and drop, and fill in the blank questions. Stidents can performconfiguration review or config tasks in the PTMO activity before answering the exam question.

Older version of Packet Tracer can still be used using the traditional ways to take PTSA and PTMO (with Java plugin installed).

  

Cisco OneIdentity Netacad login

Cisco unified login experience on it's websites using Cisco OneIdentity identity provider.

If you alreadyhad a Cisco account with a different password than your Netacad account, Netacad login is now performed using the Cisco account credentials.

Login instructions :

  • If you have an existing Cisco.com account, use that email and password to login
  • If not, use your NetAcad email (instead of screen-name) and password to login.

Login Issues:

  1. Clear your cache and history, close and relaunch your browser
  2. Use your email instead of screen-name to login
  3. If you are unable to verify your email, contact your instructor or NetAcad support to change your email

Netacad login is still required once per windows session.

 

New PTTP protocol between Cisco Packet Tracer and Cisco CSR routers (unconfirmed)

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 could be the first Packet Tracer version able to communicate with Cisco CSR routers, which are basically virtual editions of Cisco ASR router; embedding IOS-XE.

Cisco registered a new PTTP uri-schema with IANA on June 2019. The PTTP protocol is described on IANA website as a new protocol "to transmit an action, parameters, and arguments between Cisco
Packet Tracer and the Cisco CSR platform". The prorocol is reported to be compatible "with Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 (or newer) in conjunction with the Cisco CSR platform".

 

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Packet Tracer 7.3.1 available for download

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What's new in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 ?

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 main new feature was the support of the CCNA 7 package which was not compatible with previous Cisco Packet Tracer versions. Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 adds the long awaited "Keep me logged in" feature which removes the need to login to Cisco Netacad at each application launch.

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 supports activities authored in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.0, 7.1, 7.0, 6.3, 6.2, 6.1.1, 6.0.1 and 5.X. There is a small possibility you may encounter some warning messages. If so, you may disregard the message. It is simply a warning that scripts in this file need to be updated for Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 compatibility.

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 splash screen

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 workspace improvements : 

  • “Keep Me Logged In” option that remembers Cisco Netacad authentication for 3 months
  • Changed install path on Mac to use Major.Minor version numbering change to allow for multiple versions of Packet Tracer to be installed at the same time
  • Updated high DPI support 

Protocol and software improvements :

  • Reworked IPv6 behavior
  • Various bug fixes

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3 added support for Ubuntu 18.04.3 (Bionic Weaver). Previous Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) version which is no longer supported in Packet Tracer 7.3.1

 

Keep me logged in feature

The netacad login page of Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 has been improved. When Cisco Packet Tracer 7.3.1 is started for the first time, the following screen is displayed. A new "Keep me logged in option" is displayed at the bottom left corner of the page. This new feature improves user experience and application launch time. Netacad login has to be renewed after 3 month.

Packet Tracer 7.2.2 vs GNS3 2.2

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 and GNS3 v2.2 maintenance versions have been released a few days ago. GNS3 v2.2 has now been released and provides a new HyperV GNS3 VM and link status detection on QEMU. Check download page !

Introduction

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 and GNS3 v2.2 are two major network simulation software used for certification exam training (Cisco CCNA and CCNP for example) or network feature test without having to buy expensive real world equipment. The two software have been designed to address different needs.

Packet Tracer is a network simulator and embeds only limited real equipment features. GNS3 is a network emulator based on Dynamips and QEMU running real IOS images, virtual machines, ... The main limitation of GNS3 is the amount of ressources (CPU / memory) available on the PC for running the lab's emulated IOS images and virtual machines for clients & servers simulation.

GNS3 v2.2 official release is now available for download on GNS3 website. This new version released on September 30, 2019 with hyperV virtual machine and link status detection on QEUM. GNS3 also introduced support of new L4 / L7 devices :

  • Cisco security devices  : this powerful network emulator now supports new Cisco security appliance to help network and security administrators to prepare security certification exams : Cisco Firepower Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS) threat appliances, Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Virtual NGFW appliances and Firepower Management Center Virtual.
  • Citrix ADC VPX load-balancer now available on GNS3 marketplace

Current GNS3 build is 2.2.11 as of July 09, 2020.

 

 

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