Packet Tracer 5.3 Network
Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulator that can be utilized in training for CCNATM and CCNPTM certification exam by allowing students to create networks with an almost unlimited number of devices and to experience troubleshooting without having to buy real CiscoTMrouters or switches.
The current version of Packet Tracer supports an array of simulated Application layer protocols (HTTP, DNS, …), as well as basic routing with RIP, OSPF, and EIGRP, to the extent required by the currentCCNATM curriculum. With the introduction of version 5.3, several new features were added, including BGP, which is part of the CCNPTMcurriculum.
While Packet Tracer aims to provide a realistic simulation of functional networks, the application itself utilizes only a small number of features found within the actual hardware running a current Cisco IOSTM.