Packet Tracer 5.0
Overview
July 14, 2008
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Agenda
 Packet Tracer Overview
 PT 5.0 Key Features and
What’s New
Expanded Platform Support
Enhanced Protocol Support
Multiuser Functionality
 PT 5.0 Key Benefits
 Summary
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Packet Tracer
Overview
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What is Packet Tracer 5.0?
 Comprehensive networking technology teaching and
learning software with powerful simulation, visualization,
authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities
 Offers a unique combination of realistic simulation and
visualization experiences, complex assessment and
activity authoring capabilities, and opportunities for
multiuser collaboration and competition
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Simulation, Visualization, Collaboration
simulate IOS commands
visualize network traffic
collaborate on multiuser activities
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Supports Homework and Pre-Lab Prep
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Packet Tracer Activity Wizard
 Anyone can author, the PT Activity Wizard guides you
 The process is basically write instructions, build a correct
answer network, specify grading, specify an initial network, save
 Ability to create your own
learning activities, tasks, labs,
games and complex
assessments
 Build scaffolded learning
experiences, formative and
summative assessments
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Activity Wizard for Editing PT Activities
Instructors can localize, edit or enhance existing activities using Activity Wizard
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Packet Tracer: Key E-Learning Component
 Learning theories stress early hands-on experiences
 Key components of Networking Academy e-learning
strategy include
In-person, hands-on labs with real equipment
Online curriculum and assessment
Packet Tracer
Instructor
Collaboration Tools
 Learning cycles alternating both Packet Tracer
activities and in-person, hands-on lab experiences with
real equipment are a best practice for teaching CCNAlevel networking to beginners
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Integrated into CCNA Curricula
Students launch PT directly from CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration to
access activities that reinforce the curriculum
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PT 5.0
Key Features
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Packet Tracer Features
 Logical and Physical Workspaces
 Real-Time and Simulation Modes
 User friendly CLI
 Global event list (packet sniffer)
 LAN, switching, TCP/IP, routing, and WAN protocols
 Activity Wizard, Lab grading
 Multiple platform support
 Multiple language support
 Integrated Help and Tutorials
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Moving to PT 5.0 – What’s New
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PT 5.0
• Simulation and
visualization of commonly
used CCNA-level
protocols
Existing features plus:
• Activity Wizard allows
field authoring and
localization of activities
• Additional Platform Support
(Linux, Vista)
• Additional Protocol Support
(e.g., IPv6)
• Multiuser Capability
• Win 2K, XP platforms
• Used in lectures, labs,
homework, assessments
• Free for all students and
instructors
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New Features in Packet Tracer 5.0
 Expanded platform support
Windows (Widows XP, Windows 2000)
Vista (Vista Basic, Vista Premium)
Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora)
• Enhanced protocol support
Expanded list of protocols to reflect current networking trends and practices
in industry and government
More support for teaching CCNA-level commands
Deeper modeling for existing protocols
 Multiuser functionality
Enables social learning instead of students working alone
PT 5.0 is now a network-capable (peer to peer) application
Supports collaboration, competition, remote instructor-student interaction,
social networking, gaming
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Packet Tracer 5.0 Protocol Support
 HTTP, TFTP, Telnet, SSH, DNS, DHCP
 TCP and UDP
 IPv4, ICMP, ARP, IPv6, ICMPv6
 RIPv1/v2/ng, Multi-Area OSPF, EIGRP, Static Routing,
Route Redistribution, Multilayer Switching
 Ethernet (802.3), HDLC, Frame Relay, PPP
 STP, RSTP, VTP, DTP, CDP, 802.1q, PAgP
 802.11
*New in PT 5.0
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Packet Tracer 5.0 Multiuser Functionality
 PT 5.0 is now a network-capable (peer to peer)
application, using the real network (TCP socket
connections) to carry the Packet Tracer virtual packets
 The PT application running on one computer can
communicate with the PT application running on 1 or
more other computers
 This connectivity between multiple instances of PT
supports teamwork, classroom games, collaboration,
competition, remote instructor-student interaction, and
social networking
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Example Multiuser Scenarios
3 Packet Tracer instances interacting
via Packet Tracer Messaging Protocol (PTMP)
Real TCP
Socket
Connection
PC 1
PC 2
Real TCP
Socket
Connection
Real TCP
Socket
Connection
PC 3
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Multiuser Games for Social Learning
Instructor console view of
multiuser “Relay Race” game
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Instructor console view of
multiuser “King of the Hill” game
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PT 5.0
Key Benefits
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Packet Tracer 5.0 Key Benefits
 Makes teaching easier by providing a free, multiuser environment
for instructors to easily teach complex technical concepts
 Makes learning easier by providing a realistic simulation and
visualization environment for exploration, experimentation and
explanation
 Instructors and students can create their own virtual “network
worlds” for teaching and learning networking concepts and
technologies
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Key Instructor Benefits
 Ability to teach complex CCNA-level networking concepts
Demonstrate technologies and configurations
Author custom guided activities, labs and assessments with immediate feedback
using the Activity Wizard
Use for lecture demonstration, individual and group labs, homework, assessments,
games, network design, troubleshooting and modeling tasks, reinforcement of
hands-on lab activities, case studies, competitions
 Supplements classroom equipment and provides
complementary learning opportunities that are not
possible in the classroom alone
Visualization, animation and detailed modeling provide a teaching environment
enabling exploration, experimentation and explanation in new visual ways
Supports self-paced learning outside the classroom
Supports social learning processes via multiuser collaboration and competition
Overall enhanced student satisfaction and success, adds additional value to attract
more students to program
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Key Student Benefits
 Provides a free practice and visualization environment for the
design, configuration and troubleshooting of network environments
Exploratory development environment for CCNA-level concepts and protocols
Design, build and configure your own network with drag and drop devices
Observe virtual packets real time as they travel through your network
 Allows practice outside of the physical classroom and lab (can be
run on home computers, mobile laptops)
Practice your problem-solving and troubleshooting skills at your own convenience
Create and configure much larger topologies than possible with physical
equipment available
 Provides a rich learning environment beyond standard networking
technology instructional practices
Explore concepts, conduct experiments, test your understanding
Provides valuable hands-on expertise to help you succeed in the classroom and
on the job
Multiuser functionality provides more collaboration, competition and fun learning
opportunities
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PT5.0
Summary
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Impact Summary of New PT 5.0 Features
On Students
On Instructors
On Authors
Additional Platforms
Ability to run PT on more
operating systems,
supports more out of
classroom environments
Ability to run PT on more
operating systems both in
and out of classroom
Improved support for authoring on more
operating systems
More Protocols
Free practice and
visualization environment
for crucial networking
technologies
Ability to use PT to teach
more topics (like IPv6)
Improved support for creating CCNAlevel curriculum and assessments
Multiuser
Functionality
More collaboration,
competition, and fun
More support for social
learning processes
More instructional design possibilities
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Packet Tracer 5.0 Key Take Aways
 PT 5.0 makes teaching and learning networking
technology easier
 PT 5.0 is a key Networking Academy e-learning
component
 PT 5.0 is not intended to replace experiences with real
equipment, but rather to complement them
 PT 5.0 is a laboratory for teaching and learning; you
can experiment, you can create your own virtual
network “world”
 PT 5.0 is going social with multiuser functionality; it isn’t
just what you do yourself, it is what you can do with
others too
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Packet Tracer 5.0 Availability
 Packet Tracer 5.0 is scheduled for release July 28, 2008
 Available free to all Networking Academy instructors,
students and alumni on Academy Connection
 To obtain Packet Tracer 5.0
Log in to Academy Connection
Click the Packet Tracer image on the left side of your Home Page
Select the appropriate download option
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Packet Tracer 5.0 Additional Resources
 The following additional resources will be available on
the Packet Tracer resource page on July 28, 2008
FAQs
Datasheet
Brochure
Video
Link to instructor training materials (including 2 new resources Beginner and Advanced Guides)
New PT 5.0 supplementary activities
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Packet Tracer Discussion Forum
Access the global instructor community for questions,
discussions, and activity sharing
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