Cisco Packet Tracer (Free Download)

Packet Tracer

Packet Tracer is a simulation tool designed by Cisco that lets you create network topologies.  I have found it to be really good for simulating a most switching and routing environments.  I create as many labs as possible in PacketTracer.  It can do about 98% of the lab work I need to do.  There are some IOS commands it just doesn't support.  In those cases I'll use GNS3 for mocking up networks.

Packet Tracer 60 second download and install:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Click "Enroll to download Packet Tracer"
  3. Click "Sign up today!"
  4. Enter any information in the mandatory fields and click "Create Account"
  5. Close the popup that says "Launch Course"
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page
  7. Click "Packet Tracer - Access resources on installing and using this learning tool."
  8. Download and install the appropriate version
  9. Run your eConfigs Labs!