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Packet Tracer Network Simulator

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Simulate an unlimited number of devices on a network using Packet Tracer

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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. Packet Tracer allows you to simulate highly complex learning environments and allows you to see how packets move between different devices.

Packet Tracer Network Simulator is a practical guide that thoroughly explains the features and uses of Packet Tracer with the help of practical examples that will help you to create your own complex topologies and emulate learning environments. This book will cover using Packet Tracer with PCs, laptops, and servers, with a brief description of its usage with other end devices like tablets and televisions. You will learn about different connectors, start creating network topologies, and configure them with Cisco commands. After testing connectivity with complex PDUs, you will also be able to use the simulation mode to analyze packet flow.

This book covers advanced topics which will help you learn how to configure Cisco devices without commands. You will learn about the configuration of IPv4 and IPv6 routing and also how to troubleshoot networks by looking at the live flow of packets. The book will teach you how to set up wireless devices and how to demonstrate their proximity with physical simulation. You will also learn how to create practical networking assessments with a scoring model.

Once you've finished the book, you will be able to make the best use of your simulator to create and plan limitless network topologies. You will have a good understanding of how to use Packet Tracer to build complex topologies and also how to bring your simulations closer to reality.

What You Will Learn

  • Customize network devices with modules
  • Configure routers and switches using examples
  • Test connectivity by visualizing packet flow
  • Create wireless networks and demonstrate their range
  • Develop practical networking assessments with a scoring model
  • Understand VLAN, VTP, and trunking
  • Assign IPv6 addresses to network and end devices
  • Analyze broadcasts in simulation mode
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    Table of Contents

    1. Packet Tracer Network Simulator
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Packet Tracer Network Simulator
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant updates on new Packt books
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
          1. What you need for this book
        2. Who this book is for
        3. Conventions
        4. Reader feedback
        5. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      8. 1. Getting Started with Packet Tracer
        1. Protocols supported by Packet Tracer
        2. Installing Packet Tracer
          1. Windows
          2. Linux
        3. Interface overview
        4. Creating a simple topology
        5. Summary
      9. 2. Network Devices
        1. Cisco devices and Packet Tracer devices
          1. Routers
          2. Switches
          3. Other devices
        2. Customizing devices with modules
          1. Naming convention
          2. Creating a custom device
        3. Emulating WAN
        4. Accessing the CLI
          1. The CLI tab
          2. The Console port
          3. Configuring network devices
            1. Global settings
            2. Routing
            3. The VLAN Database
            4. Interface settings
        5. Summary
      10. 3. Generic IP End Devices
        1. Desktops and laptops
        2. Servers
          1. HTTP
          2. DHCP
          3. TFTP
          4. DNS
          5. SYSLOG
          6. AAA
          7. NTP
          8. EMAIL
          9. FTP
          10. Firewall/IPv6 Firewall
        3. Other end devices
        4. Configuring end devices
          1. IP Configuration
          2. Dial-up
          3. Terminal
          4. Command Prompt
          5. Web Browser
          6. PC Wireless
          7. VPN
          8. Traffic Generator
          9. MIB Browser
          10. Cisco IP Communicator
          11. E Mail
          12. PPPoE Dialer
          13. Text Editor
        5. Summary
      11. 4. Creating a Network Topology
        1. Connecting devices
          1. Link status
        2. Testing connectivity with PDUs
          1. Simple PDU
          2. Complex PDU
        3. Using the simulation mode
        4. Clustering a topology
        5. Summary
      12. 5. Navigating and Modifying the Physical Workspace
        1. Creating cities, offices, and wiring closets
        2. Moving devices physically
        3. Managing cables and distances
          1. Cable distances
          2. Cable manipulation
        4. Customizing icons and backgrounds
        5. Summary
      13. 6. Configuring Routing with the CLI
        1. Static routing
          1. Static routing with GUI
          2. Static routing with the CLI
        2. Dynamic routing protocols
          1. Configuring RIP with the GUI
          2. Configuring RIP with the CLI
        3. The Routing table
        4. Load sharing
          1. Load balancing with RIP
          2. Load balancing with static routing
        5. Summary
      14. 7. Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
        1. What is BGP?
          1. External BGP
          2. Internal BGP
        2. BGP versus dynamic routing protocols
        3. Configuring BGP in Packet Tracer
        4. Summary
      15. 8. IPv6 on Packet Tracer
        1. Assigning IPv6 addresses
          1. Autoconfiguration
          2. Static IPv6
        2. IPv6 static and dynamic routing
          1. Static routing
          2. Dynamic routing
        3. Using both IPv4 and IPv6
        4. Summary
      16. 9. Setting Up a Wireless Network
        1. Wireless devices and modules
        2. Wireless networks and physical workspaces
          1. Configuring a Linksys access point
        3. Summary
      17. 10. Configuring VLANs and Trunks
        1. Creating VLANs and VTP domains
        2. InterVLAN routing with routers and layer 3 switches
          1. InterVLAN on a router
          2. InterVLAN on a layer 3 switch
        3. Switch-to-switch trunk links
        4. Analyzing broadcasts in the simulation mode
        5. Summary
      18. 11. Creating Packet Tracer Assessments
        1. The welcome screen and instructions
        2. The initial network
        3. The answer network
        4. Testing the activity
        5. Summary
      19. Index