Basic Configuration Tutorial For the Cisco ASA 5505 Firewall

The Cisco ASA 5505 Firewall is the smallest model in the new 5500 Cisco series of hardware appliances. Although this model is suitable for small businesses, branch offices or even home use, its firewall security capabilities are the same as the largest models (5510, 5520, 5540 etc). The Adaptive Security technology of the ASA firewalls offers solid and reliable firewall protection, advanced application aware security, denial of service attack protection and much more. Moreover, the performance of the ASA 5505 appliance supports 150Mbps firewall throughput and 4000 firewall connections per second, which is more than enough for small networks.

In this article I will explain the basic configuration steps needed to setup a Cisco 5505 ASA firewall for connecting a small network to the Internet. We assume that our ISP has assigned us a static public IP address (eg as an example) and that our internal network range is We will use Port Address Translation (PAT) to translate our internal IP addresses to the public address of the outside interface. The difference of the 5505 model from the larger ASA models is that it has an 8-port 10/100 switch which acts as Layer 2 only. That is, you can not configure the physical ports as Layer 3 ports, rather you have to create interface Vlans and assign the Layer 2 interfaces in each VLAN. By default, interface Ethernet0 / 0 is assigned to VLAN 2 and it's the outside interface (the one that connects to the Internet), and the other 7 interfaces (Ethernet0 / 1 to 0/7) are assigned by default to VLAN 1 and are used for connecting to the internal network. Let's see the basic configuration setup of the most important steps that you need to configure.

Step1: Configure the internal interface vlan
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ASA5505 (config) # interface Vlan 1
ASA5505 (config-if) # nameif inside
ASA5505 (config-if) # security-level 100
ASA5505 (config-if) # ip address
ASA5505 (config-if) # no shut

Step 2: Configure the external interface vlan (connected to Internet)
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ASA5505 (config) # interface Vlan 2
ASA5505 (config-if) # nameif outside
ASA5505 (config-if) # security-level 0
ASA5505 (config-if) # ip address
ASA5505 (config-if) # no shut

Step 3: Assign Ethernet 0/0 to Vlan 2
ASA5505 (config) # interface Ethernet0 / 0
ASA5505 (config-if) # switchport access vlan 2
ASA5505 (config-if) # no shut

Step 4: Enable the rest interfaces with no shut
ASA5505 (config) # interface Ethernet0 / 1
ASA5505 (config-if) # no shut

Do the same for Ethernet0 / 1 to 0/7.

Step 5: Configure PAT on the outside interface
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ASA5505 (config) # global (outside) 1 interface
ASA5505 (config) # nat (inside) 1

Step 6: Configure default route towards the ISP (assume default gateway is
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ASA5505 (config) # route outside 1

The above steps are the absolutely necessary steps you need to configure for making the appliance operational. Of course there are much more configuration details that you need to implement in order to enhance the security and functionality of your appliance, such as Access Control Lists, Static NAT, DHCP, DMZ zones, authentication etc.

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Source by Harris Andrea

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