Cisco Packet Tracer 7.x new features

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 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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Packet Tracer 7.2.2 under development

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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 is under active development and could be released for download in the next few weeks. Current development build number is Packet Tracer 7.2.2.0000.DEV. Packet Tracer 7.2.2 could be the second maintenance release of 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, the upcoming Packet Tracer 7.2.2 release could bring innovative network interaction between Packet Tracer and Cisco CSR 1000v.

 

Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.2 new features

New PTTP protocol between Cisco Packet Tracer and Cisco CSR routers

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 7.2.1 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

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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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Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2.1 - Router devices and WIC modules

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This page presents the Cisco ISR routers simulated in Cisco TM Packet Tracer 7.1.1 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.

 

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.

Packet Tracer 5.3 features

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Packet Tracer 7.2 has been released ! Current build is Packet Tracer 7.2.0.0226. Have a look on Packet Tracer 7.2 new features.

Packet tracer for NETACAD Curricula

The following document provided by CiscoTM identifies chapters from all Network AcademyTM courses that include content supported by Packet Tracer 5.3


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Supported protocols

LAN: Ethernet (including CSMA/CD*), 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless*, PPPOE

Switching: VLANs, 802.1q, trunking, VTP, DTP, STP*, RSTP*, multilayer switching*, Etherchannel, LACP, PAgP

TCP/IP: HTTP, HTTPS, DHCP, DHCPv6, Telnet, SSH, TFTP, DNS, TCP*, UDP, IPv4*, IPv6*, ICMP, ICMPv6, ARP, IPv6 ND, FTP, SMTP, POP3, VOIP(H.323)

Routing: static, default, RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, single-area OSPF, multi-area OSPF, BGP, inter-VLAN routing, redistribution

Other: ACLs (standard, extended, and named), CDP, NAT (static, dynamic, inside/outside, and overload), NATv6

WAN: HDLC, SLARP, PPP*, and Frame Relay*

Security: IPsec, GRE, ISAKMP, NTP, AAA, RADIUS, TACACS, SNMP, SSH, SYSLOG, CBAC, Zone-based policy firewall, IPS

QoS: Layer 2 QoS, Layer 3 Diffserv QoS, FIFO Hardware queues, Priority Queuing, Custom Queuing, Weighted Fair Queuing, MQC, NBAR*

* indicates modeling limitations

 

Logical and physical workspaces

The logical workspace allows student to get a global view of the network through realtime or simulaton mode. The devices are added, linked, and configured on this workspace.

Packet Tracer 5.3 logical workspace

The physical workspace gives a physical dimension to the logical network topology. This workspace is particulary important for wireless labs, where the distance parameter is one of the factors that determine if a device is able to connect or not connect to another device. The physical workspace is divided into four layers to reflect the physical scale of real life environments:

  • Intercity,
  • City,
  • Building,
  • Wiring Closet.

 

Packet Tracer 5.3 physical workspace