Cisco Packet Tracer Basic Features

Cisco Packet Tracer is a computer network simulation application developed by Cisco Systems to help users create network topologies including configuration simulations.

Various network devices produced by Cisco you can try to configure in a virtual form without having to buy a physical Cisco device.

In addition to Cisco devices, you can also perform standard network simulations with common devices such as laptops, PC computers and smartphones.

The following is a network simulation display on Cisco Packet Tracer.

This article will only discuss the features available in Cisco Packet Tracer, for a configuration tutorial you can find it at

The following are the features of Cisco Packet Tracer:

Menu Bar

At the Menu Bar there is a menu File, Edit, Options, View, Extensions and Help. You can perform basic commands such as creating new worksheets, opening and saving topologies, copy-pasting, expanding worksheet pages to help to find out in more detail what can be done in Cisco Packet Tracer.

Main Toolbar

The features in the main toolbar are also found in the menu bar, but for ease of use only display menu icons that are often used. Here are the functions:

New: Create a new worksheet.

Open: Open a previously saved worksheet.

Save: Save the worksheet.

Print: Print a worksheet. Can print directly to the printer or in the form of a file.

Copy and Paste: Copy components on a worksheet. You can duplicate one or more components at once.

Undo and Redo: To go back and forward to changes you made in the worksheet.

Zoom In, Zoom Reset and Zoom Out: To zoom in and out of the worksheet, to return to the original view, click Zoom Reset.

Drawing Palette: Drawing palette. To mark the area on in some topologies.

Custom Device Dialog: To change the device description or name.

Common Toolbar

In this menu there are commands to select, add notes to the worksheet, delete components, inspect, draw areas and resize. You can also test send and receive data packets via Add Simple PDU (picture of letter).


Workspaces or worksheets are pages that you can use to draw topologies, view simulation processes, add notes and other information.

Device Type

In this menu you can select the type of device needed to create the network topology you want. These various devices include: Router, Switch, Hub, End Devices and Wireless Device. You can also choose Connection or the type of cable to connect between devices.

Device Specific

If on Device Type you can choose the type of device, on Device Specific you can choose the type from the type of device that you previously selected in Device Type.


To configure the device, double-click on the device in the worksheet. On End Devices such as laptops, the configuration will appear in the display Physical, Config, Desktop and Custom Interface.

On other devices such as routers, the configuration display is different, there is a configuration menu with Physical, Config and CLI views.

On the Config menu you can configure a GUI-based router, while on the CLI the configuration is in the form of a text command.

Note that your router will work if it is turned on and when it is turned on there is a boot process, this aims to describe what happens in real conditions using physical devices.

In order for your router to be in the on position, you need to turn the switch to the ON state as follows.


To connect between devices, you can choose the type of cable in Device Type, for example to connect between a laptop and a switch you need to choose a Cooper Straight-Through cable type, while to connect between laptops you can choose Copper Cross-Over.

The designation of each cable is different. If you are confused, you can select Automatically Choose Connection Type (lightning icon) then Cisco Packet Tracer automatically connects the appropriate cable type to the connected device.

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