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francisco_1 Mon, 06/07/2010 - 07:08

For example the FWSM does not include any external physical interfaces. Instead, it uses VLAN interfaces. Assigning VLANs to the FWSM is similar to assigning a VLAN to a switch port; the FWSM includes an internal interface to the Switch Fabric Module (if present) or the shared bus.

https://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/fwsm/fwsm32/configuration/guide/switch_f.html

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francisco_1 Mon, 06/07/2010 - 07:49

The FWSM  uses the backplane of the switch to get connect to the network with a 5Gbps uplink to the backplane, which is potentially a lot better than the 1Gbps on a physical interface.

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