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Packet Tracer 5.0 Overview. July 29, 2008. 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. Packet Tracer Overview. What is Packet Tracer 5.0?.

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  • 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
what is packet tracer 5 0
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
simulation visualization collaboration
Simulation, Visualization, Collaboration

simulate IOS commands

visualize network traffic

collaborate on multiuser activities

packet tracer activity wizard
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
activity wizard for editing pt activities
Activity Wizard for Editing PT Activities

Instructors can localize, edit or enhance existing activities using Activity Wizard

packet tracer key e learning component
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


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 CCNA-level networking to beginners
integrated into ccna curricula
Integrated into CCNA Curricula

Students launch PT directly from CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration to access activities that reinforce the curriculum

packet tracer features
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
moving to pt 5 0 what s new
Moving to PT 5.0 – What’s New

PT 4.11

PT 5.0

  • Simulation and visualization of commonly used CCNA-level protocols
  • Activity Wizard allows field authoring and localization of activities
  • Win 2K, XP platforms
  • Used in lectures, labs, homework, assessments
  • Free for all students and instructors
  • Existing features plus:
  • Additional Protocol Support (e.g., IPv6)
  • Additional Platform Support (Linux, Vista)
  • Multiuser Capability
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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




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


*New in PT 5.0

packet tracer 5 0 multiuser functionality
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
example multiuser scenarios

2 teams,

1 instructor

3 different classes

3 students from home

Example Multiuser Scenarios

3 Packet Tracer instances interacting via Packet Tracer Messaging Protocol (PTMP)

Real TCP Socket Connection

PC 2

PC 1

Real TCP Socket Connection

Real TCP Socket Connection

PC 3

multiuser games for social learning
Multiuser Games for Social Learning

Instructor console view of multiuser “Relay Race” game

Instructor console view of multiuser “King of the Hill” game

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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
key instructor benefits
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
key student benefits
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
packet tracer 5 0 key take aways
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 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
  • Recommendation
    • Download to a local server at your academy and have students install Packet Tracer from the local server
packet tracer 5 0 additional resources
Packet Tracer 5.0 Additional Resources
  • The following additional resources will be available on the Packet Tracer resource page when version 5.0 is released:
    • FAQs
    • At A Glance
    • Datasheet
    • Brochure
    • Video viewing link
    • Video downloads
    • Instructor training materials, including 2 new resources
      • Packet Tracer 5.0 Multiuser Guide
      • Packet Tracer 5.0 Reference for Network Administrators
    • New PT 5.0 supplementary activities using version 5 new features
packet tracer discussion forum
Packet Tracer Discussion Forum

Access the global instructor community for questions, discussions, collaboration, and activity sharing