In article , George wrote: :Can the PIX 501 a router? :I used the Cisco Product Advisor and selected Router as my category, but it :did not list the 501.
The PIX is listed under Security.
:Here are my requirements: :I would like to use the 501 as a router in a small office that has a DSL for :internet access. :In other words, I want to connect the DSL bridge provided by the telco to :the 501 and connect the LAN to the 501.
That should work. I have the same sort of set up here.
The one important way in which the PIX is not a router is that you cannot send packets to the PIX, have them processed, and returned through the same [logical] interface. You thus cannot use the PIX to route between subnets that are on the same interface ("router on a stick"), and you also cannot use the PIX 501 to have users connect through a VPN to you and be able to access the Internet from their [their VPN packets would arrive via the Internet and so the PIX would not let them leave through the Internet connection even though the packets have undergone a noticable change along the way.]