No Switchports on ASA5506?

In the past I have always deployed an ASA5505 in a small office.  Customers loved it as it was cheap and acted as a switch too.  Now one of the my customers is opening up a couple branch offices, and I was looking at the ASA5506.  From what I'm reading, it has 8 ports but they cannot be used as switchports, only as routed ports.  If I want to use a 5506, is my only option to also purchase a switch for the couple workstations they have at this branch office?  If so this is not cost effective at all and really disappointments me as I may have to find a solution other than Cisco for these branch offices.
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I guess it is the only option - no switchport on ASA 5506. I guess you'll need to buy some cheap 8 unmanaged port Gigabit switch, since you have Gig ports on ASA. :)
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Unfortunately the ASA5506 does not have switch port or switch port capabilities so you cannot Bridge/group from 2 to 8.
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ASA5506-X does come with 8xGE gigabit interfaces: routed interfaces.There is NO switch on the ASA 5506-X.
Then you NEED a layer2 switch.
ASA5505, instead, act as an 8-port Layer2 switch.

hope this helps
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Yeah, Cisco bungled that.

You could use a Dell Sonicwall TZ 215 instead, with one gotcha: you can't bridge the wired interfaces AND the wireless interface. It's one or the other.

Benjamin Van DitmarsSr Network EngineerCommented:
Before you advice an Sonicwall Device. the throughput must be specified.
the NSA 240 or 250 is more compatible to a Cisco ASA5505/5506
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
You lose the PoE as well m8
Replace an ASA 5505 with an ASA 5506-X

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