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Packet Tracer 5.0 Packet Tracer 5.

0 Overview – Facilitates numerous learning activities such as lectures,
individual and group lab activities, homework, assess­
Packet Tracer 5.0 provides a simulation-based environ­
As networking systems ments, games, network design, troubleshooting, modeling
ment for CCNA-level networking training. It offers a unique
evolve, new currcula tasks, case studies, and competitions
combination of visualization tools, complex assessment
and learning tools are • Supplements classroom equipment and increases oppor­
and activity authoring capabilities, and opportunities for
needed to help stu­ tunities for complementary learning activities
multiuser collaboration and competition.
dents acquire skills
and understand the For students, Packet Tracer offers extensive learning – Enables visualization, animation, and detailed modeling
complexities of infor­ ­benefits: for exploration, experimentation and explanation in new
mation and communi­ visual ways
• Provides a versatile practice and visualization environ­
cation technology (ICT). – Supports self-paced learning outside the classroom
ment for the design, configuration, and troubleshooting of
To thrive in a globally – Supports social learning processes by enabling
network environments
networked, increasingly ­collaboration and competition
information-driven economy students require connected – Offers an exploratory development environment that
enables users to design, build, and configure networks – Simulates essential protocols including HTTP, Telnet,
methods of engagement that correspond to the ways they
with drag-and-drop devices SSH, TFTP, DHCP,TCP, UDP, IPv4, IPv6, ICMPv4, and
interrelate and communicate outside the classroom. Packet
ICMPv6; RIP, EIGRP, multi-area OSPF, static routing, route
Tracer 5.0 e-learning software was designed to help indi­ – Allows users to observe virtual packets in real time by
redistribution, Ethernet/802.3, 802.11, HDLC, Frame Relay,
viduals more easily develop networking technology skills in modeling network traffic and packet behaviors
PPP, ARP, CDP, STP, RSTP, 801.1q, VTP, DTP, and PAgP.
a rapidly changing environment by providing new opportu­
nities for social learning, experimentation, and collaboration. • Affords the opportunity and flexibility for practice outside – Supports the majority of protocols and technologies
of the classroom taught in the following curricula: CCNA v3.1, CCNA
Cisco Networking Academy and the – Runs on home computers or mobile laptops ­Discovery, and CCNA Exploration. May also be used to
Packet Tracer Solution teach concepts from IT Essentials and CCNP Building
– Supports the development of problem-solving and
Cisco Networking Academy is an innovative education Scalable Internetworks.
troubleshooting skills
initiative that supports the development of ICT skills to help
students improve their career and economic opportunities – Enables users to create and configure complex The Teaching Experience
in communities around the world. For more than ten years, topologies that extend beyond the constraints of Packet Tracer provides multiple opportunities for instructors
the Networking Academy has delivered technology skills ­equipment availability to demonstrate networking concepts. Although Packet Tracer
training to more than two million students in partnership with • Provides a rich learning environment to support the is not a substitute for real equipment, it allows students to
academies located in over 160 countries. ­development of networking technology skills practice using a command-line interface. This “e-doing”
capability is a fundamental component of learning how to
To help students fully integrate new networking skills, Cisco – Encourages students to explore new concepts and test configure routers and switches from the command line.
Networking Academy has developed Packet Tracer 5.0, their knowledge of various protocols
a comprehensive, instructional software program with – Provides valuable hands-on experience that can be
powerful simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, ­applied on the job and in the classroom
and collaboration capabilities. Packet Tracer supplements
the CCNA curricula, allowing instructors to easily teach and – Offers multiuser functionality for collaboration,
demonstrate complex technical concepts and networking ­competition, and engaging learning opportunities
systems design. With Packet Tracer, instructors can custom­ For instructors, Packet Tracer is powerful teaching software:
ize individual or multiuser activities, providing hands-on
lessons for students that offer value and relevance in their • Helps instructors teach complex CCNA-level networking
classrooms. Students can build, configure, and troubleshoot concepts
networks using virtual equipment and simulated connec­ – Provides a visual demonstration of complex technolo­
tions, alone or in collaboration with other students. Most gies and configurations
importantly, Packet Tracer helps students and instructors
– Allows instructors to author customized, guided
create their own virtual “network worlds” for exploration,
­activities that provide immediate feedback using the
experimentation, and explanation of networking concepts
­Activity ­Wizard
and technologies.
Packet Tracer 5.0 At-A-Glance

Packet Tracer’s simulation mode allows instructors to dem­ The physical view of devices such as routers, switches, and The Real-Time Mode gives students a ­viable alternative
onstrate processes that were formerly hidden to students. hosts presents graphical representations of modular equip­ to real equipment and allows them to gain configuration
Showing internal functions through visually-engaging ment and expansion cards. The physical view also provides practice before working with real equipment.
tables and diagrams simplifies the learning process. The geographic representations, including multiple cities, build­
simulation mode also decreases instructor presentation ings, and wiring closets. Additional Features
time by replacing the whiteboard and static slides with real- • Lab grading function
Detail, Physical View
time visuals. • Modular devices
The Student Experience • User-friendly CLI and integrated help f­ eature
Students who spend more time in a hands-on mode of • Different device models for creating custom networks
learning, with simulation and interactive capabilities, will be
• Tutorial
better equipped to apply concepts and configuration fun­
damentals when exposed to real equipment. As students • International language support
gain practical experience with tasks such as troubleshoot­
Compatible Platforms
ing, they become more confident in their abilities.
Packet Tracer 5.0 is compatible with the following platforms:
Packet Tracer provides an opportunity for social learning, Windows (Widows XP, Windows 2000); Vista (Vista Basic,
allowing students to compete with each other and play Vista Premium); and Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora)
games that enhance the learning experience. Students can
connect networking equipment in many different combi­ For more information
nations, allowing for experimentation and encouraging a Cisco Networking Academy Program:
deeper understanding of networking protocols. www.cisco.com/go/netacad
Multiuser games provide fun learning opportunities for Networking Academy Course Catalogue:
collaboration and competition www.cisco.com/edu/courses
The Activity Wizard allows users to set up scenarios using Locate a networking academy:
text, basic network top­ologies, and predefined packets. www.cisco.com/edu/locate
Users can create customized network scenarios and add Certifications:
instructional text. The Activity Wizard also includes grading www.cisco.com/go/certifications
and feedback c ­ apabilities.

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