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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 | NetSim NetSim 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, 5 switches* and 3 other devices
  • Simulates network traffic with virtual packet technology
  • Provides two different viewing styles: Telnet modeTelnet 
ModeTelnet Mode or Console modeConsole ModeConsole Mode
  • Supports up to 200 devices on one Network TopologyNetwork Topology
    Simulated Topology
  • Allows instructors to create and include their own labsLab 
Compiler
    Lab Compiler and offer grading for them
  • Allows you to create NetSim simulated networks with the Boson Network DesignerNetwork Designer
    Boson Network Designer
  • Includes labs that support SDM SimulationSDM Simulation
    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 searchesSearch Labs
    Search for Labs

*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 10 Enhancements

  • Added 18 new CCNP labs (more coming soon)
  • Added support for non-English keyboard mapping
  • Added support for EIGRP Named mode configuration
  • Added support for Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network (DMVPN)
  • Added support for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) bindings
  • Added support for Next Hop Resolution Protocol (NHRP)
  • Added support for Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) MD5 and plain-text authentication
  • Improved support for IPSec and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)
  • Added support for the [no] ip next-hop-self command
  • Added support for IPv6 on subinterfaces
  • Improved support for Routing Information Protocol next generation (RIPng)

New NetSim for CCNP Labs

  • DHCP Binding
  • DHCP on Switches
  • DMVPN with OSPF
  • DMVPN Phase I
  • DMVPN Phase II
  • DMVPN Phase III
  • DMVPN Security
  • EIGRP Named Mode
  • HSRP Authentication
  • NTP Security
  • Optimizing EIGRP in Named Mode I
  • Optimizing EIGRP in Named Mode II
  • RIPng
  • Troubleshooting Basic Network Services
  • Troubleshooting Basic Network Services II
  • Troubleshooting DMVPN
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Named Mode
  • Troubleshooting HSRP Authentication
See a full list of CCNP labs, CCNA 200-120 labs and CCENT 100-101 labs.


NetSim Network Simulator Product Comparison

 NetSim for CCENT
NetSim for CCNA
NetSim for CCNP
Price
$99
$179
$349
Labs - Total (CCENT/CCNA/CCNP)
74
(74/0/0)
133
(74/59/0)
237 (74/59/104)
Lab Grading Function Yes
Yes
Device Types 51*
51*
51
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)
  Yes
CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol)
YesYesYes
CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol)
 YesYes
Configuring QoS (Quality of Service)
  Yes
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
Dialer Profiles
  Yes
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)
YesYesYes
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
YesYesYes
HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol)
 YesYes
HSRP Authentication
  Yes
IGRP (Interior Gateway Routing Protocol)
YesYesYes
InterVLAN Routing
YesYesYes
IPSEC (Internet Protocol Security)
  Yes
IPv6 Addressing
YesYesYes
ISDN (BRI)
  Yes
ISDN (PRI)
  Yes
IS-IS (Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System)
  Yes
Legacy DDR
  Yes
Low Latency Queuing
  Yes
Multicasting Configuration
  Yes
Multipoint Frame Relay
 YesYes
NAT (Network Address Translation)
YesYesYes
NetFlow
 YesYes
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)
YesYesYes
OSPF Route Summarization
  Yes
OSPF Stub and Totally Stubby Areas
  Yes
OSPFv3 Using IPv6 Addresses
 YesYes
PAP (Password Authentication Protocol)
YesYesYes
Point-to-Multipoint Serial
YesYesYes
Point-to-Point Serial
YesYesYes
Policy Routing
  Yes
PortFast
  Yes
PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol)
 YesYes
PVST (Per-VLAN Spanning Tree)
 YesYes
RIP (Routing Information Protocol)
YesYesYes
RIPv2
YesYesYes
RIPng for IPv6
YesYesYes
Route Redistribution
  Yes
Site-to-Site VPN using Preshared Keys
  Yes
Slot-based Devices with Ability to Change Modules
YesYesYes
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 DMVPN
  Yes
Troubleshooting EIGRP Named Mode
  Yes
Troubleshooting Network Layer Problems
YesYesYes
Troubleshooting Physical and Data Link Layer Problems
  Yes
Troubleshooting Problems at All Logical Layers
 YesYes
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
VTP (VLAN Trunking Protocol)
 YesYes

See a full list of CCNP labs, CCNA 200-120 labs and CCENT 100-101 labs.


Buy NetSim

NetSim 10 for CCNP Buy CCNP NetSim
$349

NetSim 10  for CCNA (200-120) Buy CCNA NetSim
$179  

NetSim 10 for CCENT (100-101)Buy CCENT NetSim
$99

 

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Additional NetSim Downloads

NetSim 10 User Manual (PDF)