Download Cisco Packet Tracer for Windows

To perform the CCNA hands-on lab exercises, you require Cisco networking devices, such as routers and switches. It might not be possible to purchase these devices for everyone. But there are various simulators (such as Cisco Packet Tracer and GNS3) that can be used to perform almost all of the CCNA hands-on lab exercises. You can use as many networking devices as you wish to create the desired network topology using these simulators. The most popular simulator used to perform the CCNA lab exercises is Cisco Packet Tracer. It is freely downloadable from the Internet. Click here to download Cisco Packet Tracer from a third party source. However, it is always recommended to download any software from the trusted source. What could be more trusted than Cisco to download Cisco Packet Tracer? In this post, we will discuss how to download Cisco Packet Tracer from netcad (Cisco Networking Academy).

Process to Download Cisco Packet Tracer

To download the latest version of Cisco Packet Tracer from netcad, you need to register (Sign Up) yourself for Cisco Networking Academy. Click here to Sign Up for the Cisco Network Academy.The netcad Sign Up

Logging in to Cisco Networking Academy

On the Sign Up Now form, fill the required details and activate your account. Once you have activated your account, click Log In on the Cisco Networking Academy website. In the Cisco Networking Academy Log In dialog box, type your screen name and password to log in. Click here to log in to Cisco Networking Academy.

The following figure displays the Cisco Networking Academy Log In dialog box.

The netcad Log In Window

Selecting Resources

Once you have logged in to Cisco Networking Academy, you will have various resources used for the learning purpose. Select Packet Tracer under the Resources drop-down list to download Cisco Packet Tracer. as shown in the following figure.

The following figure displays the Cisco Networking Academy dashboard.The Cisco Networking Academy

Selecting Platform

Under the Cisco Packet Tracer section, select the platform for which you want to download Cisco Packet Tracer, and then click the Download link. You can download Cisco Packet Tracer for the following platforms.

  • Cisco Packet Tracer for Windows
  • Cisco Packet Tracer for Linux
  • Cisco Packet Tracer for iOS
  • Cisco Packet Tracer for Android

The most used platform is Windows. To download Cisco Packet Tracer for Windows platform, click the Download link under the Windows section. as shown in the following figure. The downloading process will be started.

The following figure displays the various Cisco Packet Tracer platforms.Download Cisco Packet Tracer for Windows

Installing Cisco Packet Tracer

Once you have downloaded Cisco Packet Tracer, navigate the location where you have downloaded it, and then double-click the Cisco Packet Tracer setup file. The Cisco Packet Tracer setup wizard will be started.

The following figure displays the Cisco Packet Tracer Setup Wizard.

Cisco Packet Tracer Setup Wizard

Follow the simple steps to install Cisco Packet Tracer. You can install it with the default selections or you can change the desired options, such as program location if required.

Opening the Cisco Packet Tracer Console

To open the Cisco Packet Tracer console, double-click the Cisco Packet Tracer icon on the desktop. If you are prompted for the login, use the Cisco Networking Academy credentials to log in.

Once you have logged in, the Cisco Packet Tracer console will be displayed. The following figure displays the Cisco Packet Tracer console.Cisco Packet Tracer Console

In the post, you have learned how to download and install Cisco Packet Tracer. Now you are ready to perform the CCNA hands-on lab exercises. If you are already familiar with the Cisco Packet Tracer, it’s great. If you are new to Cisco Packet Tracer, we recommend you to visit the following link.

What’s next?

Create a network topology in Cisco Packet Tracer.

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