cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
cancel

Expressway vs ASA AnyConnect for remote 8800 phones

tato386
Frequent Contributor
Frequent Contributor

We need to deploy a few remote phones and I was looking at the Expressway product but it seems like overkill and/or too complicated for just a handful of phones.  Am I off base thinking the Expressway is overly complicated for my scenario?  What would I miss out on if I used ASA with the phone SSL license?  

Thanks,

Diego

5 REPLIES 5

vizvoxadmin
Beginner
Beginner

My 2 cents would vote for Expressway, when I was testing both solutions in my lab, I had way more issues with AnyConnect, and just never really worked reliability once setup. The Expressway, was definitely more of a challenge to get my head around, but once I got it loaded a couple times, I put it into production, and have never had to mess with it again, works all the time, great for Jabber Clients. As far the firewalls, I tested several including software based Cisco, Juniper, and a few other, but in the end I used 2 ASAs. 

Jaime Valencia
Hall of Fame Cisco Employee Hall of Fame Cisco Employee
Hall of Fame Cisco Employee

MRA is the recommended option for external devices, you'll have the added benefit that now your deployment will be MRA enabled for any Jabber device. Do bear in mind that MRA for hard phones do have a strict requirement of using a handful of public CAs that the devices have in their trust store.

HTH

java

if this helps, please rate

tato386
Frequent Contributor
Frequent Contributor

a quick look at expwy setup guide shows two servers one outside and one inside the firewall.  Is there a simplified architecture using only 1?  What about licensing?  I have enhanced phone licenses which include expressway but do I have to buy additional licenses for the servers?

Jaime Valencia
Hall of Fame Cisco Employee Hall of Fame Cisco Employee
Hall of Fame Cisco Employee

tato386
Frequent Contributor
Frequent Contributor

Glad to hear the server licenses are free but I am still a little wary of having to put together 2 servers along with all the network, firewall, and other setup they will require.  We are using not using any Jabber clients yet but will Jabber work with ASA AnyConnect like phones do?

Getting Started

Find answers to your questions by entering keywords or phrases in the Search bar above. New here? Use these resources to familiarize yourself with the community: