Best Lab Simulator Software?

DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
I plan on getting my CCNA and CCNP in 2013. What would be the best lab simulator to use? I have a Macbook Air right now and probably won't have a Windows system for at least 2 more months.

I've heard of GNS3, Cisco's Packet Tracer, and Boson's Labsim.
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  • FrankGuthrieFrankGuthrie Member Posts: 245
    You've already 2 of the best, GN3 and for CCNA Packet Tracer will do fine. I have no experience with Boson, but with the 2 mentioned you will get very far.
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■■□□
    GNS3. Simple.
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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Okay, GNS3 it is. Now I just need to learn how to use it then start studying..
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  • waragiwaragi Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Each has its advantages and limitations, the best is to be able to use all 3 as well as being comfortable with free live racks to fill in details all of them miss.
  • Danielh22185Danielh22185 Member Posts: 1,195 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I have heard the Boson stuff is good more for CCNA, mainly because of the price and what you get from it. Most people end up using GNS3 with a combination of the lab books that are out there and videos to implement lab scenarios.
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