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Studying for CCENT and need a good network simulator on a Mac

I am studying for my CCENT on my own and will be doing all the labs on my home iMac and was wondering if anyone else has tried doing it all on a Mac? I tried GNU3 but it says I need vmware to run it. Are there any good and preferably free alternatives to packet tracer? Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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GNS3 should be able to run on its own or with VirtualBox, which is actually free software.

You should be able to study for CCENT/ICND1 without a sim though. They're more useful for ICND2.

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I used virtual box and windows to run packet tracer on my MacBook. It wasn't perfect, but it definitely worked.

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Network+2 points · 2 months ago


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I ran PacketTracer out of parallels using win7 for a while, but now I run gns3 off of my server. PacketTracer was definitely easier, but taking the load off my little 2010 MacBook was worth it to me.

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CCNA (R&S)1 point · 2 months ago

GNS3. It is your friend. Packet Tracer is okay for a rank beginner, but you will find that you quickly outgrow it. GNS3 uses actual IOS images, the same ones that are on the physical equipment. This means you can get the live equipment experience without having a rack in your living room that sounds like a vacuum cleaner, runs up your electric bill, and pops breakers when you look at it cross-eyed.

Seriously, get GNS3.

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Packet tracer and wine skin worked great for me on a Mac.

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Now with more Cisco!-1 points · 2 months ago

Packet Tracer.

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