Feature Story

In Praise of Packet Tracer

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September 29, 2008

By Jason Deign

Packet Tracer has earned the admiration of thousands for its reliability and ease of use. And now it is even better.

Ashraf Salem, instructor at the Northern Sydney Institute in Sydney, Australia, is exited about the capabilities contained within the new release. "Packet Tracer 5.0 is a great educational tool," says Salem. "It has much wider capabilities for advanced students coupled with the new amazing multiuser feature for team work. It surpassed my expectations not only at the CCNA level but at the CCNP level as well."

The new version greatly surpasses the learning benefits of previous editions, providing new opportunities for creativity and interactivity in the classroom. New features include the following:

  • Additional support for an expanded list of platforms, including Windows (Windows XP, Windows 2000, Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium) and Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora).
  • Additional support for an expanded list of protocols, including IP version 6, multi-area Open Shortest Path First, route redistribution, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, Secure Shell, and multilayer switching.
  • Multiuser functionality supporting collaboration, competition, remote instructor-student interaction, social networking, and gaming.

Although there are no curricula requirements that make it necessary to move immediately to Packet Tracer 5.0, users are encouraged to do so to take advantage of the improvements and new features included in the latest release.

Packet Tracer 5.0 supports activities authored in versions 4.0, 4.01, 4.1, and 4.11. All activities included in the CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula are also fully compatible with Packet Tracer 5.0.

Jason Deign is a freelance journalist located in Barcelona, Spain.