Cisco 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.
The main purpose of Cisco Packet Tracer is to help students learn the principles of networking with hands-on experience as well as develop Cisco technology specific skills. Since the protocols are implemented in software only method, this tool cannot replace the hardware Routers or Switches. Interestingly, this tool does not only include Cisco products but also many more networking devices.
Packet Tracer is a simulation, visualization, collaboration, and assessment tool for teaching networking.
It allows students to construct their own model or virtual networks, obtain access to important graphical representations of those networks, animate those networks by adding their own data packets, ask questions about those networks, and finally annotate and save their creations.
Cisco Packet Tracer Prep Lab objectives:
Designing and implementing networks. How to configure and manage basic network devices. Using devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create flexible networks. Identifying the advantages and disadvantages of existing network configurations. Implementing network security, standards, and protocols.
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