Introducing Packet Tracer 4.1: Network Simulation Software

Introducing Packet Tracer 4.1: Network Simulation Software
Cisco Networking Academy is pleased to announce the new release of Packet Tracer, a Network Simulation Software. Packet Tracer 4.1 is the next major release of the interactive network simulation and learning tool for Cisco CCNA instructors and students. It allows users to create network topologies, configure devices, inject packets, and simulate a network with multiple visual representations. This release of Packet Tracer focuses on supporting more of the networking protocols taught in the CCNA curriculum.

About Packet Tracer
Packet Tracer is a self-paced, visual, interactive teaching and learning tool. It is designed to increase interaction between students and instructors, promote student learning, and enhance instructor presentations. This technology is a new and fun way to expand teaching and learning experiences beyond the limitations of a traditional lab environment. Packet Tracer helps resolve some common challenges that instructors face on a daily basis, while enabling us to explore new frontiers in networking education.

Product Feature Solution Fit
Packet Tracer 4.1 is an enhancement of the current standalone PT4.0 product. It expands upon the feature set that exists in PT4.0. This product is meant to be used as an education product that provides exposure to the command-line interface of Cisco devices for practice and discovery learning. PT4.1 also improves on the visualization components of PT4.0, making it easier for instructors to deliver presentations and for students to understand the inner workings and interactions of networking equipment to perform data transfer and support communications.

Key Features
In the Simulation and Visualization Mode, students can see and control time intervals, the inner workings of data transfer, and the propagation of data across a network. This helps students understand the fundamental concepts behind network operations. A solid understanding of network fundamentals can help accelerate learning about related concepts.

The physical view of devices such as routers, switches, and hosts, presents graphical representations of expansion cards and identifies the capabilities of each card. The physical view also provides geographic representations, including multiple cities, buildings, and wiring closets.

The Activity Wizard allows users to set-up a scenario using text, a basic network topology, and predefined packets. The activity feedback is shown in summary format. Students can create and answer “what if” scenarios and instructors can create their own self-evaluated activities that present immediate feedback to students on their proficiency in completing the activity.

The Real-Time Mode provides students with a viable alternative to real equipment and allows them to gain configuration practice before working with real equipment.

Additional Features
  • Lab grading function
  • Modular devices
  • User-friendly CLI and integrated help feature
  • Different device models for creating custom networks
  • Tutorial
  • International language support
  • Simple mode

Product Obsolescence

Packet Tracer 4.1 will render previous versions of Packet Tracer obsolete. Current users of versions 4.0 or 3.2 should download and install the new version.

Instructor Training Instructor training for Packet Tracer 4.1 will follow the traditional Networking Academy training model. New instructors will receive training as part of the CCNA Exploration and CCNA Discovery training. Current instructors are encouraged to view the embedded tutorials or read the Packet Tracer Interactive Course Guide. They are also invited to attend the formal training sessions that will be offered at Academy Conferences worldwide.