The Boson NetSim  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.

The Cisco Network Simulator & Router Simulator

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.



NetSim for CCNP includes new labs for the ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT technologies. In addition to new content, NetSim for CCNP 8.0 contains a new and improved interface that makes completing labs, compiling new labs and designing network topologies easier than ever before. The network topology, device consoles and lab instructions can share the screen in NetSim 8.0 with easy-to-use panes. NetSim 8.0 also supports multiple monitors.

Minimum and Recommended Requirements


NetSim is a Windows -based product that simulates a wide variety of Cisco® routers, including the 2500 series, 2600 series, 2800 series, and 3600 series routers, as well as the Cisco Catalyst 1900 series, 2900 series, and 3500 series switches. NetSim supports multiple routing protocols, including RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, BGP, and OSPF. It supports different LAN/WAN protocols, including PPP/CHAP, ISDN, and Frame Relay. The labs in NetSim require only the devices and functionality included with NetSim—they do not
require access to any external router or switch hardware. NetSim supports many, but not all, of the IOS commands available on a physical router or switch. All the commands referenced in the available labs are supported by NetSim.

After you load and complete an unlocked lab, you can use the grading function in NetSim to grade the lab so that you can determine whether you completed it correctly. As you progress through the labs, you will master the skills needed to pass the simulation questions in the Cisco certification exams. NetSim has the ability to guide and grade, and using it for practice can actually be more helpful than using real routers and switches. NetSim allows you to gain experience without requiring you to purchase expensive equipment.

The Boson NetSim can be used for additional purposes than only working through labs. The included full version of the NetMap tool allows you to practice designing and planning a network. This tool’s functionality goes beyond that of most tools because you can actually create the router configurations that are going to be used, save those configurations, and practice using them on simulated devices.

Mastering Cisco networking involves two fundamental tasks

1. Learn the theory of routers and switches.
2. Gain the hands-on experience of implementing that theory by configuring the devices in a network
and testing them in a lab.

The Boson NetSim Network Simulator is the most comprehensive product on the market for learning how to configure a Cisco router. The Boson NetSim will not only help you become certified, it will actually help you learn and understand how to configure routers, switches, and networks.

New CCNP Labs Include


Boson Netim 8