Cisco ASA 5505 is a high-tech adaptive security appliance with features that deliver the goods for branch offices, small businesses, and for companies who hire telecommuters. Its performance is excellent, with a firewall, an IPsecVPN, an SSL, and networking service available. It is a modular device with 8 ports on its 10/100 Ethernet switch. Its ports can be arranged to define three different VLAN systems if you need separate VLANs for your home and your business.
You can use Cisco’s web-based adaptive security device manager to manage your Cisco ASA 5505. With this device, you can create better security and segmentation for your network and help cut costs in IT management.
Configure a Cisco ASA 5505 for Video Conferencing
The device has two POE (Power over Ethernet) ports, which enable you to easily use Cisco’s IP phones. With that setup, it gives you secure VOIP (Voice over IP) capability with zero touch. To give you extended network mobility, it uses wireless external access points. The device, which has a modular design, is capable of being expanded through an external slot for expansion, as well as several USB ports that allow you to add more services if you need to augment the system at some future date.
Cisco ASA 5505 Quick Start Guide
It has 512 MB of memory with 150 Mbps, and provides 85,000 64-byte packets per second. Its maximum 3/DES/AES VPN Throughput is 100 Mbps, and offers 2 bundled SSL VPN sessions for the user, and 25 maximum.
Cisco ASA 5505 Adaptive Security Appliance Hardware Installation Guide
Since the device has been discontinued by its manufacturer, the Cisco ASA 5505 is available from Amazon.com and other aftermarket tech retailers. Unfortunately, the last date that Cisco will issue signature updates for its software is March 31, 2016. For those who already own a Cisco ASA 550f, the device will no longer receive support from the manufacturer after January 31, 2018. At that point, the device will become obsolete.