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This is a great replacement for an ASA5505, but forget about the SourceFire integration. It is so piecemeal and the client so lacking in detail that the IPS functionality is little more than a novelty. And that is not to mention all of the licenses you need to buy -- many of which come with recurring costs.
Although you do get a 45-day trial license for all three SourceFire products. That was just long enough to teach me that I had no use for them.
But with the $150 per year or so for Smartnet, you get security patches and software updates. And that is all you need if you are just looking for a very solid firewall.
BEWARE: Cisco deployed a faulty clock component to many types of devices. The ASA5506 is one of them. The device may fail completely after 18 months, and replacing the device is the only resolution. If you have a service contract in place, Cisco will replace the unit. For more information see: Cisco Field Notice: FN - 64253
8/2018 UPDATE: Lanstreet is NOT an authorized Cisco reseller (Check Cisco's Website for the list). Although Cisco let me slide the first year and allowed me to purchase SmartNet support -- you need that to upload security patches and bug fixes -- this year when I tried to renew SmartNet, Cisco's Brand Protection Department immediately canceled it saying that devices from Lanstreet are 'unauthorized'.
Cisco's ASA5505 was a workhorse for the small business/advanced consumer market. As I upgraded to the Cisco ASA5506-X, I have found that the 5506 is as capable and reliable as its' predecessor. The ASA5506-X is fast, compact, and excellently suited as a perimeter firewall for the SOHO market. There are a few notable differences between the 5505 and the 5506 which a new user should know - primarily, that the eight ports on the 5506 are not switch ports (as were the 5505) but layer 3 routing ports. To get the full benefits of the 5506, you'll need to place a switch behind the 5506. While I was initially put off by this change, upon reflection and after several months of use, this change appears to be a benefit, allowing physical separation of networks while reducing the load on the 5506. IMO, the ASA5506-X is a winner and a valuable addition to your network.
I have read a lot of complaints on the 5506. The GUI isn't much different from the 5505. Some of the background is different. One thing is that if you are trying to set this up while connected to your internet... Don't! Configure it the way you want it and then plug it into the network and internet. It was a very smooth transition.
I bought this product to run in my business. I immediately bought a SmartNet contract (Cisco) through CDW. When it expired a year later Cisco refused to renew it because the seller was not a Cisco authorized reseller (even though I had already purchased on SmartNet contract). They call products like this "greyware" and refuse to back them - at all. If you buy it you are on your own - Cisco is horrible to work with.
Purchased a brand new product that should have a 1 year warranty through Cisco. Unfortunately this was not the case. The firewall died 4 days after Amazon return policy, contacted Cisco and the 1 year warranty expired in late October. Paitenly waiting for someone to resolve this.
so first off this is a test asa that might be put in production. it's definitely new in the box, but it was originally sold to an Arab airline, so no smartnet for this device. Like i said, its only a test unit otherwise i would have returned it.
Wonderful upgrade to our prior firewall. Very strong product with a rich admin panel. We're a small business with a staff of ~25 and this really helped keep our environment secure and effective. Would definitely buy again if we needed one.