Cisco Packet Tracer 7.x new features

Packet Tracer 7.2.2 available for download

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 has been released on September 11, 2019 on Cisco netacad website. Current development build number is Packet Tracer

Packet Tracer 7.2.2 is 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 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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What's new in Packet Tracer 7.2 ?

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 Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 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 which has been redesigned 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.

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 Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 new features.

General improvements in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1 (version has been available on netacad since July 2014 for Cisco Networking Academy members. A newer verion, Packet Tracer 6.1.1 has been released at the end of august. This is a minor release correcting bugs found in the previous version. Packet Tracer 6.1.1 includes the following new or improved features :

Server (end-device) new services / applications :

  • New service tab (config and service tabs mixed in previous versions)
  • Netflow collector as a new server desktop application
  • AAA accounting desktop application
  • IPv4 and IPv6 firewalls moved from service to desktop application
  • DHCP service for IPv6


IPv6 Routing protocols enhancements :

  • OSPFv3 enhancements : distance command, "ipv6 ospf neighbor" interface subcommand, ....
  • EIGRPv6 over Frame Relay
  • EIGRPv6 debug and authentication commands
  • RIPng distance command update
  • RIPng "default-information originate" command


DHCP new features :

  • DHCP snooping
  • APIPA adressng in case of DHCP lookup failure
  • DHCPv6 commands in IOS15


Switches :

  • IOS 15 support for Catalyst 2960 switch. The IOS 15 image has to be downloaded by TFTP or FTP from a server device to be available on a switch.


Simulation / Activity Wizard:

  • Expanded buffer for PDUs and filters based on IPv4 or IPv6 traffic in simulation mode
  • Improved scripting and variable management Activity Wizard


Port channel support has also been improved in Packet Tracer 6.1.1 with layer 3 etherchannel support on ISR routers.

Packet Tracer 6.1.1 is fully supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1. Support for Windows Vista has been stopped by Cisco in this new version.


New Hardware in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1 includes a major capacity improvement with the introduction of  a new Security device class including an ASA 5505 firewall. By default, the Eth0/0 interface is configured in the outside vlan (vlan 2) and the Eth0/1 to Eth0/7 interfaces in the inside vlan (vlan 1).


Features & limitations compared to the real ASA 5505:

New vlans can be created using the config tab or the cli command "interface vlan X". However, the licence included in the ASA doesn't allow configuring more than two vlan with nameif (This license does not allow configuring more than 2 interfaces with nameif and without a "no forward" command on this interface or on 1 interface(s) with nameif already configured).

Another limitation is on the physical interfaces which can only be configured in access mode. The command "switchport mode trunk" documented in the ASA configuration guide has not been implemented on the simulated ASA 5505 in Packet Tracer 6.1 .


IPSEC tunnels and clientless SSL VPN are supported on ASA 5505 but VTI interfaces or GRE tunnels are not available on this firewall. GRE tunnels have to be terminated on an inside ISR edge router.

Cisco ASA 5505 firewall included in Packet Tracer 6.1



New IOS version (IOS 15) for catalyst 2960 switch :

A new IOS 15 c2960-lanbasek9-mz.150-2.SE4.bin image is available for the catalyst 2960 switch. The image is not installed by default on the switch and has to be downloaded from a TFTP server (server end device) using the following procedure :


Switch#copy tftp: flash:
Address or name of remote host []?
Source filename []? c2960-lanbasek9-mz.150-2.SE4.bin
Destination filename [c2960-lanbasek9-mz.150-2.SE4.bin]?

Accessing tftp://
Loading c2960-lanbasek9-mz.150-2.SE4.bin from !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[OK - 4670455 bytes]

4670455 bytes copied in 0.054 secs (6953476 bytes/sec)
Directory of flash:/

1 -rw- 4414921 <no date> c2960-lanbase-mz.122-25.FX.bin
2 -rw- 4670455 <no date> c2960-lanbasek9-mz.150-2.SE4.bin

64016384 bytes total (54931008 bytes free)

Switch#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Switch(config)#boot system c2960-lanbasek9-mz.150-2.SE4.bin
%SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from console by console

Switch#copy running-config startup-config
Destination filename [startup-config]?
Building configuration...




Netflow is a network analysis protocol that was initially created by Cisco to give the ability to collect network traffic as it flows through a router interface. The data processed by Netflow collectors provides the network administrator with detailled traffic informations such as the source and destination of the traffic, class of service, .... Netflow version 9 was standardized in 2008 as IPFIX by the IETF organization.

The following Netflow components are available in Packet Tracer 6.1.1 :

  • Netflow version 9 on Cisco ISR routers. This feature is not available on Layer 3 switches.
  • A netflow collector software on PC, laptop and server devices.


Packet Tracer 6.1.1 netflow software on server device Packet Tracer 6.1.1 netflow collector
Packet Tracer 6.1.1 - ISR router netflow statistics  




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What's new in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 new features.

General improvements in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1

  • Supports current LTS version of Ubuntu and stopped support for Fedora
  • CAB-HD8-ASYNC cable
  • IPv6 in IP Configuration under Desktop
  • Terminal server for routers
  • PC Firewall for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Servers with 2 NICs
  • Circling tool
  • Improvements to Activity Wizard and Variable Manager



New Hardware in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1 :

Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1 includes 3 new Cisco ISR routers :

  • Cisco 1941 Integrated Service Router
  • Cisco 2901 Integrated Service Router
  • Cisco 2911 Integrated Service Router


Cisco 1941 ISR router available in Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Cisco 2901 ISR router newly implemented in Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Cisco 2911 ISR router available in Packet Tracer since version 6.0.1
Cisco 1941 Integrated Services Router Cisco 2901 Integrated Services Router Cisco 2911 Integrated Services Router



This new Cisco Packet Tracer version also includes new high-speed WAN interface cards (HWIC) :

  • HWIC-2T (Cisco One- and 2-Port Serial High-Speed WAN Interface Card)
  • HWIC-8A (Cisco 8-Port Asynchronous High-Speed WAN Interface Card)


This serial modules used with the octal cable allows out of band management of Cisco networking devices through their console port. The HWIC-8A module allows the connection of 8 console cables, each serial connection being mapped to a TCP port for telnet access.


Router#show line
Tty Line Typ Tx/Rx
0/0/0 3 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/1 4 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/2 5 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/3 6 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/4 7 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/5 8 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/6 9 TTY 9600/9600
0/0/7 10 TTY 9600/9600



New IOS version (IOS 15) :

The new Cisco ISR routers included in Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1 are delivered with IOS 15.1(4)M4 (C1900-UNIVERSALK9-M and C2900-UNIVERSALK9-M). This version is provided with the ipbase licence activated. The security and unified communications licences can be activated for a 60 grace period with the following CLI commands :

  • Security (Cisco 1941, Cisco 2901, Cisco 2911) : license boot module c2900 technology-package securityk9
  • Unified communications (Cisco 2901 and Cisco 2911 only) : license boot module c2900 technology-package uck9

 Packet Tracer 6.0 - IOS 15 with security and unified communications licences activated



What's new in Packet Tracer 5.3

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer Have a look on Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 new features.

Packet Tracer 5.3.3 was a maintenance release which replaced the previous version 5.3.2 and fixed technical issue.

Packet tracer 5.3 version introduced new protocol support and enhanced functionalities :

  • VOIP : Call Manager Express (CME) enabled on 2811 router.
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – limited implementation that allows for a more realistic representation of the Internet for scenarios
  • Wireless : Improved LinksysTM WRT-300N router and WEP security algorithm support.
  • Cable and DSL devices enhancements
  • FTP server and client. FTP client on router and switches.
  • Email server and client (SMTP and POP3)
  • Generic IP end devices (servers, printers, VOIP device, phone, wireless tablet, ...) to create more versatility in device creation
  • Activity Wizard Initial Tree enhancements  (more scenario variations allowed).