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NetSim 11 for CCNP
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Cisco Network Simulator




The Cisco Network Simulator, Router Simulator & Switch Simulator

The Boson NetSim Network Simulator is an application that simulates Cisco Systems' networking hardware and software and is designed to aid the user in learning the Cisco IOS command structure.

Cisco Network 
Simulator | NetSimNetSim utilizes Boson's proprietary Network Simulator, Router Simulator® and EROUTER® software technologies, along with the Boson Virtual Packet Technology® engine, to create individual packets. These packets are routed and switched through the simulated network, allowing NetSim to build an appropriate virtual routing table and simulate true networking. Other simulation products on the market do not support this level of functionality.

Boson offers a NetSim CCENT Network Simulator, CCNA Network Simulator and CCNP Network Simulator. Each supports the technologies and skills you will need for the respective certification.

Boson NetSim provides more versatility and support than any other network simulation software on the market. NetSim software also includes a comprehensive lab menu that contains lessons and labs covering routing protocols, Cisco devices, switching, topological design and much more.

Advantages of Software-Based Network Simulation

Boson NetSim is a versatile tool and valuable asset, both in a classroom and for corporate use; it also provides a self-paced learning environment.

For many individuals, the availability of Cisco routers and switches is often limited. The cost and fragility of equipment makes rack rentals impractical at this level. Boson NetSim makes it possible to design and configure a network with 42 different router models and 5 different switch models* to choose from without having to pay a lot of money, or worrying about transporting and damaging valuable equipment.

NetSim's router, switch and station simulation components contained within the software are the most advanced in the industry. Within NetSim, simulation of routers, switches and PCs is included in a completely customizable drag-and-drop network-simulation package. Furthermore, Boson NetSim simulates both switching bridge tables and routing protocol tables to allow you to go OUTSIDE of the labs and create your own labs using the Boson Network Designer.

Advanced Features Included With Boson NetSim

  • Supports 42 routers, 7 switches* and 3 other devices
  • Simulates network traffic with virtual packet technology
  • Provides two different viewing styles: Telnet mode or Console mode
  • Supports up to 200 devices on one Network Topology
  • Allows instructors to create and include their own labs and offer grading for them
  • Allows you to create NetSim simulated networks with the Boson Network Designer
  • Includes labs that support SDM Simulation
  • Includes non-Cisco devices, such as TFTP Server, TACACS+ and Packet Generator
  • Enables users to access specific labs by conducting keyword and curriculum searches

*Although all devices can be added to a custom topology, the commands needed to configure some devices are restricted depending on the license version. For example, 3550 switches can be added to a CCENT or CCNA custom topology. However, the commands needed to configure a 3550 switch are only supported in NetSim for CCNP.

NetSim 11 Enhancements

  • Added 7 new ICND1 and ICND2 labs
  • Added support for filtering all show outputs with output modifiers.
  • Added support for configuring the Native VLAN.
  • Added support for Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE).
  • Added support for Named Standard access control lists (ACLs).
  • Added support for IPv6 ACLs.
  • Added support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
  • Added support for System Message Logging.
  • Added support for Secure Shell (SSH).
*Enhancements dependent on NetSim Version

New NetSim 11 for ICND1 and ICND2 Labs

  • Configuring a PPPoE Client
  • Configuring IPv6 ACLs
  • Configuring Network Device Management
  • Configuring SSH
  • Named Standard Access Lists
  • System Message Logging
  • VLAN Leaking
See a full list of CCNP labs, CCNA labs and CCENT labs.


NetSim Network Simulator Product Comparison

 NetSim for CCENT
NetSim for CCNA
NetSim for CCNP
Price
$99
$159
$299
Labs - Total (CCENT/CCNA/CCNP)
98
(98/0/0)
167
(98/69/0)
314
(98/69/147)
Lab Grading Function Yes
Yes
Device Types 53*
53*
53
Exams Covered
1
3
6
AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting)
 YesYes
ACL (Access Control Lists)
YesYesYes
ARP (Address Resolution Protocol)
YesYesYes
BGP (Border Gateway Protocol)
 YesYes
BGP Peering
 YesYes
CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol)
YesYesYes
CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol)
 YesYes
Crossover Cables
YesYesYes
Custom Queuing and Compression
  Yes
Debugging
YesYesYes
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
YesYesYes
DHCP Binding
  Yes
DHCP on Switches
  Yes
DHCP Relay Agents
YesYesYes
DNS (Domain Name System)
Yes
Yes
Yes
DMVPN (Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network) Phase I, II & III
  Yes
DMVPN with OSPF
  Yes
DMVPN Security
  Yes
EIGRP (Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol)
 YesYes
EIGRP Authentication and Debugging
 YesYes
EIGRP IPv6
 YesYes
EIGRP Named Mode
 
Yes
EIGRP Summarization
  Yes
EIGRP Wildcard Mask
 YesYes
Enable Routing on Distribution Switches
  Yes
EtherChannel – Layer 2
 YesYes
EtherChannel – Layer 3
  Yes
EtherChannel – PAgP and LACP
  Yes
Frame Relay
 YesYes
GLBP (Gateway Load Balancing Protocol)
  Yes
HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol)
 YesYes
HSRP Authentication
  Yes
HSRP Load Sharing
  Yes
InterVLAN Routing
YesYesYes
IPSEC (Internet Protocol Security)
  Yes
IPv6 Access Control Lists
 YesYes
IPv6 Addressing
YesYesYes
Legacy DDR
  Yes
Low Latency Queuing
  Yes
Multicasting Configuration
  Yes
Multipoint Frame Relay
 YesYes
Native VLANs
 YesYes
NAT (Network Address Translation)
YesYesYes
NetFlow
  Yes
Network Baseline Discovery
YesYesYes
Numbered Access Lists
YesYesYes
NTP (Network Time Protocol)
YesYesYes
NTP Authentication
YesYesYes
NTP Security
  Yes
OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) Authentication
 YesYes
OSPF (Multi-Area)
 YesYes
OSPF (Single Area)
 YesYes
OSPF Route Summarization
  Yes
OSPF Stub and Totally Stubby Areas
  Yes
OSPFv3 Using IPv6 Addresses
 YesYes
PAP (Password Authentication Protocol)
 ,YesYes
Path Control
  Yes
Point-to-Multipoint Serial
 YesYes
Point-to-Point Serial
 YesYes
Policy Routing
  Yes
PortFast
  Yes
PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol)
 YesYes
PPPoE (Point-to-Point over Ethernet)
 YesYes
PVST (Per-VLAN Spanning Tree)
 YesYes
QoS (Quality of Service)
  Yes
Redistribution with Route Filtering
  Yes
RIP (Routing Information Protocol)
YesYesYes
RIPv2
YesYesYes
RIPng for IPv6
YesYesYes
Route Redistribution
  Yes
Secure Shell (SSH)
YesYesYes
Site-to-Site VPN using Preshared Keys
  Yes
Slot-based Devices with Ability to Change Modules
YesYesYes
System Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
 YesYes
System Message Logging
YesYesYes
StackWise
  Yes
STP (Spanning Tree Protocol)
 YesYes
STP Configuration
  Yes
Straight-through Cables
YesYesYes
Telnet
YesYesYes
TFTP (Trivial File Transport Protocol)
YesYesYes
Troubleshooting Access Lists
 YesYes
Troubleshooting Based on Gathered Symptoms
 YesYes
Troubleshooting DHCPv6
  Yes
Troubleshooting DMVPN
  Yes
Troubleshooting EIGRP Named Mode
  Yes
Troubleshooting Network Layer Problems
YesYesYes
Troubleshooting Path Control
  Yes
Troubleshooting Physical and Data Link Layer Problems
  Yes
Troubleshooting Problems at All Logical Layers
 YesYes
Troubleshooting Route Filters
  Yes
Troubleshooting Transport and Application Layer Problems
 YesYes
Trunking
YesYesYes
UplinkFast
  Yes
VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) ACLs
  Yes
VLANs
YesYesYes
VLSM (Variable Length Subnet Mask)
YesYesYes
VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol)
 YesYes
VRRP authentication
  Yes
VTP (VLAN Trunking Protocol)
 YesYes

See a full list of CCNP labs, CCNA labs and CCENT labs.