February 24, 2008

Packet Tracer 5.0 - New Features

As Cisco has published an official announcement for the Packet Tracer 5.0, I think, now it should be OK to republish my previous post about PT5.0:

By the request from Cisco, I am temporarily retracting this blog post.

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I have been selected as a beta tester for the new Cisco Packet Tracer 5.0 for the Cisco Networking Academy. During the last week we had a Meetingplace conf call with the PT project manager where he showed in his presentation some of the new features. Conclusion? WOW! The Packet Tracer 5.0 will bring many new brilliant features. Just to mention some of them:

WOW feature #1:

PT5.0 will be multi-user. It means you will be able to run multiple instances of PT5.0 on one or more computers and then connect them together trough IP sockets. With this feature you will be able to create one big topology, distributed across computers on your classroom and each student will work on his small part of the big picture. It can lead to network games, challenge labs, etc. Great job guys!

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WOW feature #2:

Native PT5.0 Linux release! Finally Linux users will be able to use the PT. Although they were already able to run it with Wine.

WOW feature #3:

Open Devel API – PT5.0 will offer an open development API for Flash Action Script and C++. You will be able to write your own PT addons, features, etc. One of the great addon could be a plugin which connects the virtual PT5.0 devices to a real devices!

WOW feature #4:

PT portal – There will be a PT web portal which will collect information about PT, labs for PT, manuals, applications, plugins (addons), etc. It will be available at http://pt.netacad.net

And at last, but not least, some new protocol support:

  • IPv6
  • Multi-Area OSPF
  • Route Redistribution
  • Multilayer Switch (3560)
  • SSH
  • RSTP
  • Frame Relay update
  • Interface range
  • Different grades for different commands in labs
  • Possibility for locking PT to the student's name

A release for the beta testers will be released probably on 28th of February 2008, and a final public release is planed for the beginning of this summer.