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PIX Design – Documentation Discrepancies

Documents don’t jive. Looking for correct answer.

Starting at this link (http://www.cisco.com/warp/customer/cc/pd/fw/sqfw500/index.shtml) the specs for the 501 are:

Outside Interface: “one 10Base-T interface”

Throughput: “provides up to 10 Mbps of firewall throughput”

So far so good. If one were to click on the link for the 501, one would see the following specs:

Outside Interface: “Outside: Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet port, auto-negotiate (half/full duplex), RJ45”

Throughput: “Cleartext throughput: 60 Mbps”

Same holds true for the 506E:

Main Page specs:

Cleartext throughput: “provides up to 20 Mbps of firewall throughput”

Interfaces: “provides two auto-sensing 10Base-T interfaces.”

Detailed specs:

Cleartext throughput: 100 Mbps

Outside: Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet port, auto-negotiate (half/full duplex), RJ45 Inside: Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet port, auto-negotiate (half/full duplex), RJ45

Thx!

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Re: PIX Design – Documentation Discrepancies

For Pix releases 6.2.x and prior, the outside interfaces on the Pix 501, 506, and 506e were forced to 10Mbps. This permitted 10Mbps cleartext traffic from 501s and 20 Mbps of traffic from 506s and 506Es.

With version of 6.3, which existing 501s, 506s, and 506Es can be upgraded to, the outside interface is no longer restricted to 10Mbps. This interface can work at 10 or 100 Mbps. So with 6.3 and later, the throughput numbers for the Pix 501, 506, and 506Es have changed. 501s can support 60Mbps throughput and the 506/506Es can support 100Mbps throughput.

Hope this helps.

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