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How to Deploy Cable Devices in Cisco Packet Tracer?

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The main purpose of Cisco Packet Tracer is to help students learn the principles of networking with hands-on experience as well as develop Cisco technology specific skills. Since the protocols are implemented in software only methods, this tool cannot replace hardware Routers or Switches. Interestingly, this tool does not only include Cisco products but also many more networking devices.

Deploy Devices in Cisco Packet Tracer:

Step 1: Go to the device type selection box at the bottom of the screen to find it. 

cisco devices


Step 2: Device categories are represented by the top row of icons and subcategories are represented by the bottom row. If you carefully point to the top row of icons and look at the label space between the rows, you will see the category title. Hover over the icon in the bottom row to see how its name appears.

Step 3: Create a setup of the switches and computers. 

Step 4: Locate the switch icon on the bottom row of icons by pointing to it. Click the switch icon to change the switch device in the Device Specific Selection field. 

Step 5: Deploy two 2960 switches above the workspace labels Switch0 and Switch1. You can select the required switches and place them in the desired area of the workspace or drag and drop them.

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Step 6: Go to the end device. If you select the Device category in the Device type selection field, 6 PCs will be available. 

Step 7: Simply point to the device in the device-specific selection box and inspect the label area under the device. If you don’t know which device PC is, you’ll see PC-PT. 

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Cable Devices in Cisco Packet Tracer:

Step 1: Select the Connections category, which looks like a lightning bolt. A list of cable types appears in the Device Specific Selection field. Select a copper straight cable. 

Step 2: Click the center of PC0. A pop-up menu appears with various types of cable connections. 

Step 3: Select FastEthernet0 from the popup menu. 


Step 4: Click Switch0 on the wire. Select FasEthernet0/1 from the popup menu. Two connection lights (one green and one orange) now flash when the cable is connected. The yellow light will eventually turn green. As you progress through the course, you will learn more about the colors of light. 

Step 5: Repeat the cabling process for the rest of your PC. The connections you need to create are:

  • PC1 FastEthernet0 to Switch0 FastEthernet0/2
  • PC2 FastEthernet0 to Switch0 FastEthernet0/3
  • PC3 FastEthernet0 to Switch1 FastEthernet0/1
  • PC4 FastEthernet0 to Switch1 FastEthernet0/2
  • PC5 FastEthernet0 to Switch1 FastEthernet0/3


Step 6: The switches are connected via copper crossover cables.

Step 7: A copper crossover cable should be selected. Press Switch0. Select GigabitEthernet0/1 from the popup menu. 

Step 8: Click Switch1 on the wire and select the same port from the popup menu. After about a minute, both link lights will change from orange to green when the wire is visible.


Step 9: Save the file as desired. (deploycabledevices.pkt)


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Last Updated : 12 Dec, 2022
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