This is series of articles used to describe on how to perform several functions on Cisco-based Network Device as an intro. Generally, if those devices such as Router or Switch doesn’t exist or it is very difficult to manage ourselves for getting our own hands on it, Cisco has given an option to be able to just simulate the functions executed in order to configure those devices further.
Cisco has provided an utility which can be used to simulate several commands which can be run similar with the one performed in real devices. The program or app is called Packet Tracer. By using this tool called Packet Tracer, it is quite convenient since it can be installed in local PC. In general, most of the functions available on Cisco’s networking devices can be performed in this simulator.
Packet Tracer itself is explained in Cisco’s official website located in this link, where Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program that allows students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions. As an integral part of the Networking Academy comprehensive learning experience, Packet Tracer provides simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities and facilitates the teaching and learning of complex technology concepts.
Basically, it is quite innovative to provide network simulation and visualization tool and helps practicing configuration skills in the desktop or mobile device without having to own the real networking device at all.
One of the main goal which is commonly become the reason for using Packet Tracer is aiming to get a better score in the order to pass the exam held by Cisco. The exam itself will issued retrieved certificate provided by Cisco.
All it have to be done is installing Packet Tracer installer in the laptop, netbook or any other device which can be used in order to simulate network configuration’s case without having to configure network devices involved in the network configuration directly. Just use the Packet Tracer simulator and design the network which is intended to be simulated.