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Difference between ASA 5505 and C876

Hello Everybody,

I have those 2 device at disposal. It is required to set up a site-to-site VPN.

Is the only difference that the ASA has more functions as the 876? I searched for a while now but in the supportinformation from the cisco website I couldn't find much information about my topic.

With best Regards

Thomas

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Difference between ASA 5505 and C876

Thomas

There are significant differences between an ASA5505 and a C876. The ASA was designed and built as a firewall and VPN concentrator while the C876 was designed and built as a router. There are many things for which the ASA is best (especially in terms of stateful inspection of traffic) and many things for which the C876 is best (especially in terms of routing and switching).

For the purpose of the site to site VPN either the ASA or the C876 should do fine. If your background is in security type things you may prefer to use the ASA while if your background is more in routing and switching then you may perfer to use the C876.

HTH

Rick

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