Packet Tracer is a cross-platform visual simulation tool designed by Cisco Systems that allows users to create network topologies and imitate modern computer networks. The software allows users to simulate the configuration of Cisco routers and switches using a simulated command line interface. Packet Tracer makes use of a drag and drop user interface, allowing users to add and remove simulated network devices as they see fit. The software is mainly focused towards Certified Cisco Network Associate Academy students as an educational tool for helping them learn fundamental CCNA concepts.
Packet Tracer requires authentication with your NetAcad.com login and password when you first use it and for each new OS login session.
Packet Tracer Courses
Introduction to Packet Tracer is a 10-hour course that includes hands-on networking and IoT activities & labs with chapter quizzes and a final assessment. Students enrolled in any of the Networking Academy courses that use the Cisco Packet Tracer simulation tool can enroll into the self-paced course — it is a helpful learning resource that provides additional practice time using the tool before needing it class. Enroll into the self-paced Introduction to Packet Tracer.
Additionally, Introduction to Packet Tracer Mobile is designed for users of mobile devices, specifically Android and iOS. The self-paced Mobile course is a little over an hour long. Enroll into the self-paced Introduction to Packet Tracer Mobile course.
Using Packet Tracer
Packet Tracer is an essential learning tool used for activities and assessment in these Cisco Networking Academy courses:
- IT Essentials
- CCNA Routing and Switching
- CCNA Security
- Introduction to IoT
- IoT Fundamentals
- Cybersecurity Essentials
- Networking Essentials
- Mobility Fundamentals
NOTE: Before using Packet Tracer for skills assessment, run the application: PTSA Environment Checker.