I’m preparing some ASA 5510 firewalls at work which are going to replace two Cisco Pix firewalls. We ordered the ASA5510-SEC-BUN-K9 because we need failover and the gigabit ports. I unpacked the firewall and booted it up but when I tried to set the speed on my interfaces only 100 Mbit was available. Cisco, what did you do to my gigabit ports?
I phoned the reseller and asked why they had sent me devices without gigabit ports but he said that only the license is different for the ASA 5510, there are no hardware differences. It turned out he was right. The software installed on the firewall was 7.0(2) which is kind of old. I found a release note for 7.2(3) which had the added feature of gigabit ports. This is only available for ethernet0/0 and 0/1 though I guess the other two ports are probaly able to do gig also but Cisco doesn’t want to do that. I upgraded the firewall to 8.3(2) and I had my gigabit ports 🙂 It would be nice if Cisco mentioned something about this but maybe this is known to people who are more in to the firewall world. This is the release note.