Cisco Packet Tracer as the name suggests, is a tool built by Cisco. This tool provides a network simulation to practice simple and complex networks.
As Cisco believes, the best way to learn about networking is to do it.
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 method, this tool cannot replace the hardware Routers or Switches. Interestingly, this tool does not only include Cisco products but also many more networking devices.
Using this tool is widely encouraged as it is part of the curriculum like CCNA, CCENT where Faculties use Packet Trace to demonstrate technical concepts and networking systems. Students complete assignments using this tool, working on their own or in teams.
Engineers prefer to test any protocols on Cisco Packet Tracer before implementing them. Also, Engineers who would like to deploy any change in the production network prefer to use Cisco Packet Tracer to first test the required changes and proceed to deploy if and only if everything is working as expected.
This makes the job easier for Engineers allowing them to add or remove simulated network devices, with a Command line interface and a drag and drop user interface.
You can download the tool from https://www.netacad.com by clicking on the Packet Tracer graphic and selecting the appropriate OS package, then you are good to play with it.
This course will help you kick start using the tool: https://www.netacad.com/courses/packet-tracer/introduction-packet-tracer.
- Logical –
Logical workspace shows the logical network topology of the network the user has built. It represents the placing, connecting and clustering virtual network devices.
- Physical –
Physical workspace shows the graphical physical dimension of the logical network. It depicts the scale and placement in how network devices such as routers, switches and hosts would look in a real environment. It also provides geographical representation of networks, including multiple buildings, cities and wiring closets.
- Unlimited devices
- Customize single/multi user activities
- Interactive Environment
- Visualizing Networks
- Real-time mode and Simulation mode
- Supports majority of networking protocols
- International language support
- Cross platform compatibility
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