There may be a vast number of network simulation software available in the market, but very few are like Cisco packet tracer. Cisco Packet Tracer is a network simulation and visualization tool intended for the mainly educational purpose. It is developed by Cisco Systems.
Available in multiple languages and multiple platforms, Cisco packet tracer is a very much stable. It offers users to create simulated network topologies by dragging routers, putting switches and many more protocols. In simple terms, packet tracer allows users to create a vast and complex network which is much more difficult in real life.
Packet tracer is mostly used by Cisco Networking Academy students but is not limited to them. If you wish to learn about network simulations and understand all those things as how to design a complex network and much more you can join CCNA.
However, users intending to experiment with packet tracer can also signup for Packet Tracer 101, a self-paced online course which will help them to understand the basics. Note that until you signup, you cannot download Packet Tracer on your PC. I had to signup in order to gain access to download tab.
How To Download?
To download Cisco Packet Tracer for your distro, visit here.
Select Signup in your respective language. Beware select in Linux tab, not in mobile.
Fill in your details in the left pane. Enroll now and open your mail. You will get a confirmation email. Click on the link in it.
Fill in your details. You cannot skip this part. Choose a password with one Capital Letter, one small letter, and containing alphanumeric keys.
You will get a T&C page. Read it carefully and select agree on the checkbox and proceed.
You will be now in your account. Scroll down until you find the resource button. Select it.
You will be directed to the download page. Download according to your requirements.
Uses Of Packet Tracer
There are many uses of packet tracer. The company itself suggest you the best usages that:-
Cisco Packet Tracer is free to download, but its real use is if you are already expert or want to learn that IT part where you can handle all those routers, networks problems, and situations. Therefore it's best to join their academy if you want. Downloading their software was a bit complicated but not tough. Overall Cisco Packet Tracer enables you to practice and handle all those network topologies, protocols easily and imagine situations if you want. Join them and learn. You can find about them here.
Tell me in comments if you are one from Cisco Networking Academy students. How was your experience? I am listening.