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I am looking at a network environment and the internal network has all gig ports Cisco switches. But the firewall ASA 5510 has ethernet ports. Isn't this considered as a bottle neck ad all of my traffic to the Internet is going through the FW? It's hard to believe that the ASA 5510 only has ethernet ports. Thx
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The ASA's (like Nexus switches) don't identify port speed by the name of the interface.  All interfaces are "Ethernet".  Whether it's 100mb/s, 1gb/s or 10gb/s, they are all "Ethernet".

And 5510's have 100mb/s and/or 1gb/s ports.
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yes you could consider the 100Mpbs as a bottleneck, but you have to consider your upstream internet bandwidth.

it is very seldom a company has more than a 100mbps internet capacity, hence, the bottle neck isn't really imposed by the ASA but rather the internet uplink itself. this applies to WAN links as well, very seldom I have seen more than 100Mbps capacities unless you are a very big company.

also newer ASA model have 1Gig ports.

hope this helps
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