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NetSimK:

The ultimate aid to teaching and learning Cisco™ Routers

  What is NetSimK?

NetSimK The ultimate aid to teaching and learning Cisco™ routers. NetSimK is NOT just like the other simulators on the market. NetSimK beats them hands down in all respects, including cost … a fully functional evaluation version is currently available for FREE.

You will really love NetSimK, whether you are a student or a tutor.

NetSimK was developed by a Cisco™ tutor for teaching and learning.

Features of NetSimK

The features of NetSimK product are:

  • Realistic design scenarios. Problems are not artificial and guided as in other simulators.
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Teaches principles instead of bogging students down with unnecessary device choices
  • Implements all relevant CCNA 1, 2, 3 and 4 IOS requirements
  • Implements password recovery
  • Implements telnetting between devices
  • Powered devices can be turned off and on. Data not written to non-volatile RAM will be lost, just like a real device.
  • Network can have as many devices as required – no limit on any device.
  • - No need to pre-configure router racks prior to a class.

    - Each student works individually, with as many devices as required.

    - A “Check Configuration” button.
    This feature will diagnose the network and report potential errors, allowing the tutor to spend a LOT less time diagnosing

    - Simple Routing Table display
    The routing tables of all the routers can be displayed simultaneously on the screen, facilitating discussion of routing and routing tables. In particular, watching convergence when topology changes, such as turning off a router. The display font-size is dynamically adjustable to help when projected on a screen.

    - Visual ping trace
    This feature visually displays a ping (and the resulting ACK) travelling through a network, displaying router table selection at each step. The space-bar triggers the next hop, allowing a tutor to discuss each route selection as they occur. This is especially useful when discussing routing principles and also for NAT/PAT.

    - Subnet calculator and VLSM examples
    These features visually present these concepts in a way to aid discussion

    - Quick connectivity test mode
    Fantastic when marking student assignments. This feature allows you to test connectivity of a selected protocol between two devices without actually having to use the IOS. Quickly tests the students configuration of routing protocols, ACLs, NAT/PAT etc.

    - Summary buttons
    Buttons exist to show summaries of IP, ACL, NAT etc, to quickly find faults with a students design.

    - Network design wizard
    To quickly set up a LAN or even an entire network, a wizard can be used. This greatly reduces the time required to prepare problems for the students.

    - Random (or configured) faults can be introduced on a device.
    This is useful to provide student practice at troubleshooting.
  • Ability to save a worksheet as an “exam”, with options to limit the help available to a student. For example, this can allow a tutor to present a problem/assignment to the class and have all the normal ‘cheats' disabled. The students must use the IOS only to solve the problems.
  • Can be used as a terminal to a real device console port
  • Can be used to telnet to a real device
Multiple students can develop separate networks for a single larger network. In real time, each student has the full complete network in their worksheet, with other student work hidden in a cloud.

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