CCNA Simulator – Packet Tracer 5.1

cisco-pt-300x202 Packet Tracer 5.1 is the latest version of Cisco Networking Academy’s comprehensive networking technology teaching and learning software. Innovative features of Packet Tracer 5.1, including powerful simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities, will help students and teachers collaborate, solve problems, and learn concepts in an engaging and dynamic social environment.Packet Tracer makes both teaching and learning easier – instructors and students can create their own virtual “network worlds” for exploration, experimentation, and explanation ofnetworking concepts and technologies.

  • Instructors can demonstrate technologies and configurations using Packet Tracer to teach complex CCNA-level networking concepts, making it extremely useful for lectures, group and individual labs, assessments, troubleshooting and modeling tasks, homework, games, and competitions.
  • Students can design, configure and troubleshoot networks using Packet Tracer’s versatile simulation and visualization environment, which also provides the opportunity and flexibility for additional practice outside of the classroom environment.

Packet Tracer supplements classroom equipment and provides students complementary learning opportunities that are not physically possible to create in the classroom or lab. In addition, Packet Tracer supplements the CCNA curricula and Packet Tracer activities are integrated throughout both CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration to provide richnetworking technology learning experiences.

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Cisco Simulator – Packet Tracer 5.3

Cisco Networking Academy is pleased to announce the release of Cisco Packet Tracer version 5.3, a minor release that includes the following new protocol support and enhanced functionality:

* Improved Linksys models, added WEP wireless security algorithm, Cable and DSL enhancements
* Call Manager Express (VOIP support)
* FTP server and routers/switches – server and client
* Email system (SMTP and POP3) – server and client

* Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – limited implementation that allows for a more realistic representation of the Internet for scenarios
* Generic IP end devices – to create more versatility in device creation
* Activity Wizard Initial Tree enhancements – more scenario variations
The new protocol support and activity wizard enhancements in version 5.3 will enable instructors to teach concepts in CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration, and CCNP courses more effectively, including the following:

CCNA Discovery
* Networking for Home and Small Businesses: Improved Linksys models and wireless security protocols and algorithms, generic IP end devices
* Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP: Better DNS, improved DHCP, wireless security, new FTP, SMTP, POP3
* Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise: Improved multi-area OSPF, EIGRP, BGP
* Designing and Supporting Computer Networks: New VOIP, Call Manager Express

CCNA Exploration
* Network Fundamentals: Improved HTTP, DNS, DHCP; new FTP, SMTP, POP3
* Routing Protocols and Concepts: Improved multi-area OSPF, EIGRP, new BGP
* LAN Switching and Wireless: Improved Linksys models, wireless security algorithms, 802.11
* Accessing the WAN: New PPPoE, enhanced IPSec, Cable and DSL enhancements

CCNP
* Improved multiarea OSPF, EIGRP, new BGP

We recommend upgrading to the new version to take advantage of the many improvements included in this release. To learn more about how Packet Tracer can be used in eachNetworking Academy course, please view this new Packet Tracer 5.3 Curricula Support chart.
Packet Tracer 5.3 is currently available for download from the Packet Tracer resource pageon Academy Connection. To access this page, log in to Academy Connection and click the Cisco Packet Tracer graphic on the left of the page, select Software Downloads, then select the appropriate download package for your needs. The previous version of Packet Tracer, version 5.2.1.8, will continue to be available for download.
Packet Tracer 5.3 supports activities authored in Packet Tracer 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2.x. All activities included in IT Essentials: PC Hardware andSoftware , CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration, and CCNA Security are also fully compatible with Packet Tracer 5.3. Please note that activities authored or saved with Packet Tracer 5.3 can only be used with the version 5.3software.

For more information, please review the Packet Tracer 5.3 FAQs and the updated resources available on the Packet Tracer resource page on Academy Connection.

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CCNA Simulator – Packet Tracer 5.2

Packettracer521 Packet Tracer version 5.2 is a minor new release that includes new and additional functionality not available in Packet Tracer version 5.1. The CCNA Security curriculum requires the use of Packet Tracer 5.2. While there are no curricula requirements that make it necessary to move to version 5.2 for CCNA Discovery or CCNA Exploration, you may want to upgrade to the new version to take advantage of the improvements and new features included in this release.
Packet Tracer 5.2 supports activities authored in Packet Tracer 4.0, 4.1, 4.11, 5.0 and 5.1. Packet Tracer 5.1 has been replaced by Packet Tracer 5.2 and is no longer available for download. Please note that the last two courses of the CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula require Packet Tracer version 4.11 at a minimum, and both curricula are fully compatible with Packet Tracer 5.2.

You can download both the Packet Tracer application and tutorial files in one download package. However, due to the large file size it is faster to download the application by itself, if that is all you need. Choose the download option appropriate for your needs.

Figure 1. Packet Tracer’s drag-and-drop interface allows students to configure and validate system architecture

Figure 2. Multiuser games provide fun learning opportunities for collaboration and competition

Figure 3. The physical workspace provides a graphical view of the logical network

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Figure 4. The Activity Wizard enables the creation of customized learning activities

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