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Key Features

DescriptionUp to 2 Gbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 X 1 GE 1 RUUp to 1.5 Gbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 GE copper, 1 RUUp to 1 Gbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 X 1 GE, 1 RUUp to 900 Mbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 x 1 GE, 1 RU Up to 500 Mbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 x 1 GE, 1 RUUp to 300 Mbps FW, Multiservice capable, 4 X 1 GE, Ruggedized DesktopUp to 300 Mbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 x 1 GE, Desktop with WAPUp to 300 Mbps FW, Multiservice capable, 8 x 1 GE, Desktop

Capacity

Stateful inspection throughput (multiprotocol) 2 Gbps1.5 Gbps1 Gbps900 Mbps500 Mbps300 Mbps300 Mbps300 Mbps
Maximum throughput: Application Visibility and Control (AVC)1,750 Mbps1,500 Mbps1,100 Mbps850 Mbps450 Mbps250 Mbps250 Mbps250 Mbps
Maximum throughput: Application Control (AVC) and IPS/NGIPS1,250 Mbps1,000 Mbps650 Mbps450 Mbps250 Mbps125 Mbps125 Mbps125 Mbps
Maximum 3DES/AES VPN throughput 700 Mbps400 Mbps300 Mbps250 Mbps175 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps
Maximum new connections per second5000030000200002000010000500050005000
Maximum concurrent sessions10000007500005000002500001000005000020,000; 50,000 with Security Plus license20,000; 50,000 with Security Plus license
IPsec site-to-site VPN peers7004003003001005010; 50 with Security Plus license10; 50 with Security Plus license
Virtual interfaces (VLANs)50030020010050305; 30 with Security Plus license5; 30 with Security Plus license
Cisco Cloud Web Security users6000500040002000565275275275
User/nodesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Stateful inspection throughput (max) 4 Gbps3 Gbps2 Gbps1.8 Gbps1 Gbps750 Mbps750 Mbps750 Mbps
Sizing throughput [440 byte HTTP]: Application Control (AVC) or IPS/NGIPS (max) 725 Mbps575 Mbps375 Mbps300 Mbps180 Mbps90 Mbps90 Mbps90 Mbps
Cisco AnyConnect Plus/Apex VPN maximum simultaneous connections 50002500750300100505050
Security contexts (included; maximum) 2; 1002; 502; 202; 52; 5---------
High-availability support Active/active and active/standbyActive/active and active/standbyActive/active and active/standbyActive/active and active/standbyActive/active and active/standbyActive/standbyRequires Security Plus license; active/standbyRequires Security Plus license; active/standby
Packets per second1,100,000 (64 byte)900,000 (64 byte)700,000 (64 byte)750,000 (64 byte)------------
Integrated wireless access point ------------------Wireless Bands a/b/g/n; Max n wifi throughput 54 Mbps; internal antenna only; local management or centralized via Cisco WLC---
Expansion slot1 interface card1 interface card1 interface card------------N/A
Hard driveUp to 2 SSDUp to 2 SSDSSDSSDSSDmSatamSatamSata
Hard drive capacity Up to 120 GBUp to 120 GB120 GB80 GB80 GB50 GB50 GB50 GB
Integrated I/O8-port 10/100/10008-port 10/100/10008-port 10/100/10008 x 1 GE8 x 1 GE4 x 1 GE8 x 1 GE8 x 1 GE
Expansion I/O6 port 10/100/1000 or 6 port GE (SFP)6 port 10/100/1000 or 6 port GE (SFP)6 port 10/100/1000 or 6 port GE (SFP)Not available------------
Maximum site-to-site and IPsec IKEv1 client VPN user sessions50030020010050305; 30 with Security Plus license5; 30 with Security Plus license
Cisco AnyConnect IKEv2 remote access VPN or clientless VPN maximum user sessions------------------------

Environment

Humidity range operating0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing0-90 percent noncondensing
Max operating temperature 104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)104°F (40°C)
Min operating temperature23°F (-5°C)23°F (-5°C)23°F (-5°C)32°F (0°C)32°F (0°C)-4°F (-20°C)32°F (0°C)32°F (0°C)
AltitudeDesigned and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)Designed and tested for 0 to 10,000 ft (3048 m)
Acoustic noise67.9 dBA max67.9 dBA max64.2 dBA max41.6 A-weighted decibels (dBA) type 67.2 dBA max41.6 A-weighted decibels (dBA) type 67.2 dBA maxFanless 0 dBAFanless 0 dBAFanless 0 dBA
Shock (operating)70G, 4.22 m/sec70G, 4.22 m/sec70G, 4.22 m/sec---------------
Vibration (operating)1.12 Grms2 (3 to 500 Hz) random input)1.12 Grms2 (3 to 500 Hz) random input)1.12 Grms2 (3 to 500 Hz) random input)---------------
Maximum heat dissipation458 Btu/hr427 Btu/hr369 Btu/hr123 Btu/hr123 Btu/hr103 Btu/hr103 Btu/hr103 Btu/hr
Relative humidity90 percent noncondensing90 percent noncondensing90 percent noncondensing90 percent noncondensing90 percent noncondensing95 percent noncondensing90 percent noncondensing90 percent noncondensing
SafetyEN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12EN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12EN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12EN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12EN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12EN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12EN 60950-1: 2006 +A11: 2009 +A1: 2010 +A12: 2011; EN 62311: 2008EN60950-1:2006+A11+A1+A12
EMCEN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008EN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008EN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008EN 300 386 V1.6.1:2012 EN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008 CISPR22:2008 CISPR24:2010EN 300 386 V1.6.1:2012 EN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008 CISPR22:2008 CISPR24:2010EN 300 386 V1.6.1:2012 EN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008 CISPR22:2008 CISPR24:2010EN 301.489-1 v1.9.2; EN 301.489-17 v2.2.1 (radio module) EN 300 386 v1.6.1; EN 55022: 2010; EN 55024: 2010EN 300 386 V1.6.1:2012 EN55022:2010 Class A EN55024:2010 EN61000-3-2:2006+A1+A2 EN61000-3-3:2008 CISPR22:2008 CISPR24:2010

Form Factor

RackmountableRack-mountableRack-mountableRack-mountableRack-mountableRack-mountableRack mountable via optional tray or DIN-RailRack mountable via optional tray or DIN-RailRack mountable via optional tray or DIN-Rail
Rack mounting kit---Option, tray-Option, trayOption, trayOption, tray
Height (rack units)1 RU1 RU1 RU1 RU1 RUDesk TopDesk TopDesk Top
Depth19.1 in19.1 in14.25 in11.288 in11.288 in9.05 in9.23 in9.23 in
Height1.67 in1.67 in1.75 in1.72 in1.72 in2.75 in1.72 in1.72 in
Width16.7 in16.7 in17.5 in17.2 in17.2 in9.05 in7.871 in7.871 in
Weight16.82 lb (7.63 kg) with single power supply 18.86 lb (8.61 kg) with dual power supply16.82 lb (7.63 kg) with single power supply 18.86 lb (8.61 kg) with dual power supply22.0 lb (10 kg)8 lb (3 kg)8 lb (3 kg)7 lb (3.18 kg)4 lb (1.82 kg)4 lb (1.82 kg)

Tech Specs

Memory16 GB12 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Flash8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB
Dedicated management portYes, 1GEYes, 1GEYes, 1GEYes (To be shared with FirePOWER Services), 10/100/1000Yes (To be shared with FirePOWER Services), 10/100/1000Yes (To be shared with FirePOWER Services), 10/100/1000Yes (To be shared with FirePOWER Services), 10/100/1000Yes (To be shared with FirePOWER Services), 10/100/1000
USB 2.0 ports222USB port type ‘A’, High Speed 2.0USB port type ‘A’, High Speed 2.0USB port type ‘A’, High Speed 2.0USB port type ‘A’, High Speed 2.0USB port type ‘A’, High Speed 2.0
Serial ports1 RJ-45 console1 RJ-45 console1 RJ-45 console1 RJ-45 and Mini USB console1 RJ-45 and Mini USB console1 RJ-45 and Mini USB console1 RJ-45 and Mini USB console1 RJ-45 and Mini USB console

Management

Supported applicationsMore than 3,009More than 3,008More than 3,007More than 3,006More than 3,003More than 3,002More than 3,001More than 3,000
URL categories80+80+80+80+80+80+80+80+
Number of URLs categorizedMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 MillionMore than 280 Million
Centralized configuration, logging, monitoring, and reportingMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management CenterMultidevice Cisco Security Manager and Cisco FireSIGHT Management Center
On-Device ManagementASDMASDMASDMASDMASDMASDM (7.3 or Higher)ASDM (7.3 or Higher)ASDM (7.3 or Higher)

Power

Power redundancyOptionalOptionalOptionalNot availableNot availableNot availableNot availableNot available
Installed power supply11111111
Max power supplies22121111
Power (AC or DC)AC onlyAC/DCAC/DCAC onlyAC onlyAC/optional DCAC onlyAC only
AC range line voltage100 to 240 VAC100 to 240 VAC100 to 240 VACExternal, 90 to 240 volts alternating current (VAC)External, 90 to 240 volts alternating current (VAC)External, 90 to 240 volts alternating current (VAC)External, 90 to 240 volts alternating current (VAC)External, 90 to 240 volts alternating current (VAC)
AC normal line voltage100 to 240 VAC100 to 240 VAC100 to 240 VAC90 to 240 VAC90 to 240 VAC90 to 240 VAC90 to 240 VAC90 to 240 VAC
AC frequency50/60 Hz50/60 Hz50/60 Hz50/60 Hz50/60 Hz50/60 Hz50/60 Hz50/60 Hz
Steady state (output)90W86W75W12V @2.5A12V @2.5A5V @3.6A12V @2.5A12V @2.5A
Maximum peak (output)134W125W108W12V @ 5A12V @ 5A5V @4.4A12V @ 5A12V @ 5A

Software

Bundled with Optional FirePOWER servicesOptional FirePOWER servicesFirePOWER ServiceFirePOWER ServiceFirePOWER ServiceFirePOWER ServiceFirePOWER ServiceFirePOWER Service
Encryption algorithmAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DESAES, Triple DES, optional DES