Cisco Packet Tracer 7.x new features

Packet Tracer 7.2.1 available for download

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 has ben released on December 28th, 2018 with version number 7.2.1.0218 and is now available for download on Cisco Netacad website. Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 is a maintenance release for Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 correcting various issues, removing the netacad login requirement at each Packet Tracer launch. However, Netacad login is still required after each PC boot. This behavior is reported as normal by Cisco Packet Tracer development team on https://www.ptnetacad.net/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=22990

Update 11/04/2019 : Cisco has just released the first Cisco Packet Tracer version for Mac OS. Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 can be freely downloaded for Mac OS on Netacad website.

 Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 available for download

Download Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1

A new build of Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 (build 222) is under active development and should be released soon. This new build will resolve some crashh issues described at the end of the page.

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What's new in Packet Tracer 7.2 ?

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 Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer 7.2.1.0218. Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 new features.

What's new in Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 ?

Packet Tracer 7.2 main new feature is the new theme of the user interface designed to give a better network simulation experience.

Packet Tracer 7.2  workspace improvements :

  • New themes
  • Align workspace objects
  • Ability to deploy device to specific rack
  • Assessibility update
  • Ability to name a rack

Protocol and software improvements :

New devices in Packet Tracer 7.2 :

  • ASA 5506-X firewall (FirePOWER features not supported) (see Lab 18 - DMZ configuration with ASA 5506-X )
  • Meraki security appliance
  • Meraki server (for Meraki security appliance centralized configuration, emulating Cisco Meraki dashboard)
  • Home router with advanced wireless capabilities (2.4G, 5G, beamforming, wireless bridge, ...)

Meraki server and security appliance are the first two devices emulating Cisco Meraki cloud managed network equipment.

Packet Tracer 7.2 splash screen

A valid Cisco Netacad account is needed to use Packet Tracer 7.2 . Netacad login is required once after every PC reboot.

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What's new in Packet Tracer 7.1.1 ?

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 Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer 7.2.1.0218. Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 new features.

Packet Tracer 7.1.1 was released by Cisco at the beginning of January 2018 with build number 7.1.1.0138 and is still available for download on Cisco Netacad website.

This was a maintenance release of Packet Tracer 7.1 correcting various issues.

Packet Tracer 7.1.1 build 138

New features

No new feature was added to Packet Tracer 7.1.1 as it is a maintenance release

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What's new in Packet Tracer 7.1 ?

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer 7.2.1.0218. Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 new features.

Packet Tracer 7.1 was under active development during Q1 and Q2 2017 and was realeased at the begining of August on Cisco Netacad website. The team focussed on correcting the stability issues encountered in Packet Tracer 6.3 & 7.0 versions and added quite a lot of new devices, including new cisco wireless simulation capabilities with WLC and lightweight access point.

Netacad registration is required to use Packet Tracer 7.1. Packet Tracer 7.1 requires authentication at aplication startup to unlock the full functionality. Users that do not authenticate with their NetAcad.com login and password will not be able to save work after 10 complimentary saves. A counter is displayed at application launch.

 

Packet Tracer 7.1 new devices

The following devices have been added to Packet Tracer 7.1 :

  

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Connect Cisco Packet Tracer to a real network

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PTBridge - Connect a Packet Tracer lab network to a real network

Description

PTBridge allows traffic bridging between virtual packet tracer networks and the real network connected to the PC running Cisco Packet Tracer. This java add-on translates packets and keeps states for the protocol translation, as Packet Tracer packets and protocols have been implemented with significant differences to real ones. This difference between real and simulated network protocols explains why PTBridge only handles a small subset of the networkprotocols implemented.

It is not possible to pass generic data through pt networks, like over udp or tcp.

Supported network protocols :

  • Ethernet
  • IP
  • UDP
  • TCP
  • ARP
  • ICMP
  • DHCP (broken)
  • Telnet

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