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1.3.10 Packet tracer: packet switching simulation

Packet Tracer is a fun, take-home, flexible software program that allows you to experiment with network behavior, build network models, and ask 'what if' questions. In this activity, you will explore how Packet Tracer serves as a modeling tool for network representations. While doing so, you will explore a simulation of how packets are created and sent across the network traveling from source device to destination device.

Watch this demonstration of the Packet Tracer – Packet Switching Simulation activity.

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The video demonstration is the primary source for how to navigate the activity. However, after viewing the video, you can download the following files to investigate the activity on your own.

Essential note: If you are new to Packet Tracer, you can watch a tutorial. You must install Packet Tracer before you can open .pkz files. To install Packet Tracer, return to the course progress page where a copy is available to download and install .

Packet Tracer is available for both Microsoft Windows and Linux systems. The Open University Cisco Academy team support a moderated Facebook Community helping Mac users port this application onto all versions of the Apple Mac OSX. For more information, you will need to join the community.

Cisco also offer a free course on how to use Packet Tracer and how to obtain a free copy.

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