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ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

Hello Everyone,

 

I would like to expand ASA-5555 with a 6-port GbE card to have a total of 14 RJ-45 ports so I can use it as a replacement for my old catalyst switch. The ordering information table lists two part numbers for the card: ASA-IC-6GE-CU-C and ASA-IC-6GE-CU-C=. The latter is indicated as a "spare".

 

What is the difference between the non-spare and the spare cards? Which one should I buy?

 

Is there a reason why I should have a regular switch on my network if I only have 14 or less connected devices and I want them to be all protected by the firewall?

 

Thank you.

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Re: ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

There's no difference in the physical parts that the two SKUs specify.

The "=" suffix denotes the part when bought separate from an initial order ) or as a separate top-level line item in an order.

The SKU with an "=" suffix is used when you are building a bill of materials and Cisco provides the expansion card along with the ASA itself.

By the way, that distinction applies to many many Cisco SKUs.

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Re: ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

Personally ASA  is Firewall, Switch is Switch, there is no reason mixing 2 roles in to one. until you have less devices.

 

if you have more than 10 Device, i suggest to use switch, if not you have all dependency on one device if that fails.

 

in belive same cost you can but good switch for atleast Layer 2.

 

BB
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Re: ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

Hello BB,

I have my own reasons, such as space limitation and power consumption. I need all my devices firewalled, so why put a switch in between if I can connect them all to the firewall?

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Re: ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

I have suggest best approach to make it better, if you understand the risk and dependency, that is your requirement - then i do not have any comments or suggest to offer here for now.

 

BB
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Re: ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

There's no difference in the physical parts that the two SKUs specify.

The "=" suffix denotes the part when bought separate from an initial order ) or as a separate top-level line item in an order.

The SKU with an "=" suffix is used when you are building a bill of materials and Cisco provides the expansion card along with the ASA itself.

By the way, that distinction applies to many many Cisco SKUs.

Beginner

Re: ASA-5555 Copper Interface Expansion

Marvin,

Well explained. Thank you.