I hate to be dense here, but how do I download Packet Tracer 5.1?
I have looked all over for it on the Cisco site, but I am having difficulty finding it.
(I would not be asking the question if I wanted to download from the warez sites. I am looking for the official - and preferrably, VIRUS-FREE version).
Can anyone help?
PT 5.1 is available free of charge to all Cisco® Networking Academy® instructors, students, and alumni. The software can be downloaded from the Packet Tracer resource page on Academy Connection. To access this page, log in to Academy Connection and click the Packet Tracer graphic on the left of the page, then select the appropriate download package for your needs.
Just wondering, this looks like a great tool. Is there any other way to get a copy to use if you're not a member of the Networking Academy? In other words, any access for "self study" students? I have purchased both the ICND1 and ICND2 books from Cisco press, but I'm not a student of the academy. Thanks for your help.
This is the link for some info about Packet Tracer 5.1
However, officially, this is available only for NetworkingAcademy Instructors or students.
Some other simulators / emulators are also available in the world, like GNS / Dynamips, Boson etc.
These are also equally good for practising networking concepts to some extent.
I wish the program was downloadable on the cisco website. It really does s uck that only academy people get a chance to download it. It is a GREAT tool.
I agree. This would be a very useful tool for everyone trying to get associate level certifications. I too think it should be legally downloadable. I don't see how that could adversly affect the anything from a Cisco perspective.
I agree this is pretty shady. I just bought "Routing Protocols and Concepts" and I can't use my entire investment because they did not put the install for packet tracer on the cd thats in the back of the book.
I really wish cisco offered packet tracer on their website or the CLN to download it. I think it is a great program. I hope they build it up more and more to allow higher level studying.
I don't know about 5.X but as for the 4.X it's useless beyond CCNA preparation. Get some cheap equipment, rent rack time, f ool around with anything you can _console_ in. GET IN TROUBLE IF YOU MUST. Use GNS3 if you have resources. For some not so deep topics in CCNA, Packet Tracer was no good. PortFast anyone?
They know it and that's why you cannot download it, even paying for it. An army of CCNA wannabes is not enough. The industry (and the certs guys too!) needs more CC?P CC?E. PT is only good for the very basics.
Heck, I don't know if fooling too much with PT is even good for you. Nothing like the danger of being in a far ssh session and:
Router#reload in 5
and then NOW! is when fun begins...
I don't know if it will ever be made available to us all. I think it might just be one of those perks for network academy students forever. I hope I am wrong!