I need to get some firewall experience, having never actually logged into a PIX or ASA I'm starting from the bottom. I want to buy something to integrate into my home lab.
Obviously I want to buy something that is relevant to what is "out there" now. I'm studying for my CCNP and would like to be looking for Firewall hardware for when I'm done.
So Pix or ASA? I'm not sure feature wise what I'm missing by going with a PIX over an ASA?
Looking on ebay the ASA5505's are "cheap" at about $400 bucks compared the other models. What am I missing by buying a 5505 over the more expensive ASA's?
I'm not sure what the difference in PIX models is but the 501s are cheap and the 515s?
This will be added to 2x 2900XLs, 2x 2950s, 2x 3550s, 2 2621s, and a bunch of 2500 routers.
I also managed to get a Cisco 4210 IDS that I have yet to play with. Hopefully that would work well in messing with the firewall.