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1.7.1: Skills Integration Challenge-Introduction to Packet Tracer Topology Diagram

Addressing Table Device
R1-ISP R2Central S1Central PC 1A PC 1B Eagle Server

Fa0/0 S0/0/0 Fa0/0 S0/0/0 VLAN 1 NIC NIC NIC

IP Address

Subnet Mask

Default Gateway

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CCNA Exploration Network Fundamentals: Living in a Network-Centric World

1.7.1: Skills Integration Challenge-Introduction to Packet Tracer

Learning Objectives
• • • • • • • Explore Packet Tracer Real-time mode Explore the Logical Workspace Explore Packet Tracer operation Connect devices Examine a device configuration Review the standard lab setup Overview of the devices

Throughout the course you will be using a standard lab setup created from actual PCs, servers, routers, and switches to learn networking concepts. This method provides widest range of features and the most realistic experience. Since equipment and time are limited, this experience can be supplemented by a simulated environment. The simulator that is used in this course is Packet Tracer. Packet Tracer provides a rich set of protocols, equipment, and features but only a fraction of what is possible with real equipment. Packet Tracer is a supplement to not a replacement for experience with real equipment. You are encouraged to compare the results obtained from Packet Tracer network models with the behavior of real equipment. You are also encouraged to examine the Help files built into Packet Tracer, which include an extensive "My First PT Lab", tutorials, and information on the strengths and limitations of using Packet Tracer to model networks. This activity will provide an opportunity to explore the standard lab setup using Packet Tracer simulator. Packet Tracer has two file formats it can create: .pkt files (network simulation model files) and .pka files (activity files for practice). When you create your own networks in Packet Tracer, or modify existing files from your instructor or your peers, you will often use the .pkt file format. When you launched this activity from the curriculum, these instructions appeared. They are the result of the .pka, Packet Tracer activity file format. At the bottom of these instructions are two buttons: Check Results (which gives you feedback on how much of the activity you have completed) and Reset Activity (which starts the activity over, if you want to clear your work or gain more practice).

Task 1: Explore the PT Interface.
Step 1: Examine the Logical Workplace. When Packet Tracer starts it presents a logical view of the network in real-time mode. The main part of the PT interface is the Logical Workplace. This is the large area where devices are placed and connected. Step 2: Symbols Navigation. The lower left portion of the PT interface, below the yellow bar, is the portion of the interface that you use to select and place devices into the logical workplace. The first box in the lower left contains symbols that represent groups of devices. As you move the mouse pointer over these symbols the name of the group appears in the text box in the center. When you click on one of these symbols the specific devices in the group appear in the box to the right. As you point to the specific devices, a description of the device appears in the text box below the specific devices. Click on each of the groups and study the various devices that are available and their symbols.

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