[c-nsp] Can ASA 5550 do BGP

Nick Hilliard nick at foobar.org
Mon Feb 11 15:36:07 EST 2013

On 11/02/2013 18:58, pamela pomary wrote:
> Quick one. I have just read from Cisco's support community that generally
> ASA's dont do BGP. I want to verify if that is the case or there is tweak
> to get it to do BGP :) . We have ASA 5550 software version 8.2(3) which we
> possibly want to use as a border/edge router with our ISP.

nope, it doesn't do BGP.  Categorically not and last time I asked, there
were no plans to put it on the roadmap either.  BGP is seen as a service
provider protocol; the ASA is seen as an enterprise product.

As a secondary issue, I would recommend very strongly against the idea of
using a firewall as a border edge router.  It is incredibly easy to take
out a firewall via a DoS attack, but not at all as easy with a router.


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