NetSim Academic

NetSim Academic is an economical option for educational customers intending to use NetSim for lab experimentation and teaching. Looking at doing Network R & D? then NetSim Standard is the product you should explore. The version comparison table shows the features available in the different versions of NetSim.

7 reasons why you need NetSim Academic

If you’re a professor looking to set-up / enhance your university’s communication-network lab, and unable to manage with legacy software / open source simulators, this is just for you.

# NetSim Powered Lab Possible current lab set-up
01 Easy to use GUI for network design.Results dashboard with graphs and tables Packet animation to visually understand protocol working. Open source simulators use a command line interface and scripting languages. Very difficult for unskilled users to use and understand
02 NetSim academic versions supports a Wide Range of Technologies including the latest in 802.11, 802.15.4, LTE, IOT, MANETs, 802.22, Enhanced TCP etc No experiments in the latest technologies
03 Painless change as equivalent lab experiments are available in NetSim Painless change as equivalent lab experiments are available in NetSim
04 Well designed and up to date Experiment & User manuals Unclear documentation i.e written for developers and not students, and lacks screen shots, examples etc
05 Straightforward install and licensing Complex installation process prone to errors
06 Dedicated support – live online support during installation. Helpdesk based support post installation. Training sessions via team viewer. Monthly webinars Open source support – dependent on an informal network of people to respond to your queries on the forum.
07 40+ C based network programming exercises with algorithm, flow chart and pseudo code Non availability of Network Programming exercises

Programming Exercises:

A dedicated “Programming” menu to help students build skills in these basic mechanisms of computer networking. Some features are highlighted below.

Graphical Representation: Features a custom built UI, for each exercise. This custom UI explains the working of the technology with animation per code progress. When the user links his or her code then the graphs change per the output of the user’s code.

Breadth of Techniques: Covers over 45 exercises including, Assignment of Sites, ARP, CIDR, Cryptography, Distance Vector Routing, Error Detection and correction Codes, Framing Sequence, Socket Programming, Shortest Path Algorithms, Spanning Tree, Transmission Flow Control

Algorithm, Flow Chart, Pseudo Code & Source Code: Enables the student to get familiar with software design principles, interface guidelines and implementing network programs. They provide a step-by-step understanding of network programming. Provided along with all exercises are working C source code for the faculty.

De-bugging: Simplifies debugging as users can link their code to NetSim. Users can add break points in their code and proceed with debug with step-in, step-out, step-through etc.

Technologies Supported

The simulation technologies supported in NetSim Academic version are:-

  • Aloha, Slotted Aloha
  • Ethernet, Switching
  • Token Ring, Token Bus
  • Wireless – 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
  • Routing – RIP, OSPF, BGP
  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) – Old Tahoe, Tahoe, Reno, New Reno, BIC, CUBIC, SACK, Window Scaling
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • MANET with DSR, AODV, ZRP and OLSR
  • Wi Max
  • GSM & CDMA
  • Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)
  • Zigbee
  • Cognitive Radio
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE), LTE Advanced
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