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what is this tool, packet tracer?

I attached picture of network design tool. Can anyone tell me what tool is this? is this free?
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
Packet Tracer is used by Cisco Academy Students to emulate a cisco routed environment.  You can add various built in devices (routers, switches, pc, etc) to simulate a networked environment (WAN and LAN).  Not every Cisco command is used with this tool, but it can help you develop your cisco skills
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
No it's not free.  It's a part of the Cisco Academy
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rauenpcCommented:
For a free tool, use GNS3. It won't do switching, but it will emulate routers using actual cisco IOS so you will have full access to all available commands. gns3vault.com is also a great resource for free lab scenarios and solutions.

You will need to obtain the IOS images youself as GNS3 doesn't (and cannot for legal reasons) include the images.
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
Actually, GNS3 can do some switching by using various modules.  If you use that tool, check out http://www.cbtnuggets.com/it-training-videos/series/gns3 

This series walks you through all of the configs and various scenarios using GNS3.  One thing:  You must have a licensed version of an IOS image to use GNS3, but it's a great learning tool.
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