We offer Cisco ASA (Adaptive Security Appliance) 5505 firewalls; an ASA 5505  is a hardware firewall.  It connects to the Internet on one port and has seven other ports for servers (so it is effectively a switch/firewall combined).  It offers granular control over who may access the servers connected to it without draining the resources of the servers themselves. You do not need to worry about maintaining a separate software firewall on each server. It is also easily managed via ASDM, a Java web applet where you may change/add rules.

The Cisco ASA 5505 Adaptive Security Appliance is a next-generation, full-featured security appliance for small business, branch office, and enterprise teleworker environments. The Cisco ASA 5505 delivers high-performance firewall, SSL and IPsec VPN, with rich networking services in a modular, “plug-and-play” appliance. The Cisco ASA 5505 can be rapidly deployed and easily managed and maintained using the integrated Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, enabling businesses to minimize operation costs. The Cisco ASA 5505 features a flexible 8-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, whose ports can be dynamically grouped to create up to three separate VLANs for home, business, and Internet traffic for improved network segmentation and security. The Cisco ASA 5505 provides two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports, enabling simplified deployment of Cisco IP phones with zero-touch secure voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities, and deployment of external wireless access points for extended network mobility. The Cisco ASA 5505 also provides significant expandability and investment protection through its modular design, similar to the rest of the Cisco ASA 5500 Series, offering both an external expansion slot and multiple USB ports that enable the addition of services in the future. The following is a table which outlines the various features of the Cisco ASA 5505:


Details on Firewall Setup

Our Cisco ASA firewalls come in the following “standard” configurations (which allow global access to the servers behind the device):

  • Linux Operating System: open access to SSH (22 TCP), FTP (21 TCP), SMTP (25 TCP & 465 TCP), DNS (53 TCP & 53 UDP), HTTP (80 TCP), HTTPS (443 TCP), POP3 (110 TCP & 995 TCP) & IMAP (143 TCP & 993 TCP)
  • Windows Operating System: open access to RDP (3389 TCP), FTP(21 TCP), SMTP (25 TCP & 465 TCP), DNS (53 TCP & 53 UDP), HTTP (80 TCP), HTTPS (443 TCP), POP3 (110 TCP & 995 TCP) & IMAP (143 TCP & 993 TCP)

If you order a control panel with your server (cPanel/WHM or Parallels Plesk) additional ports will be opened so you may access your control panel.

If you would like to secure the remote administration services (RDP on Windows or SSH on Linux) please specify a source IP or range of “safe” source IPs that we may use to configure the firewall. Also note that in addition to these rules we will allow access to our award winning support team and monitoring servers for ease of future server management.

Once your servers/firewall are setup, you may access ASDM at from inside the firewall or via SSH on the same IP. We are happy to assist with further configurations or future access adjustments – simply open a support ticket via MyCP and tell us what you need or look into our Manages support offerings located here 

More Details on the Cisco ASA 5505

To learn more about the Cisco ASA 5505 Adaptive Security Appliance – click here

Download Spec Sheet on Cisco ASA 5500 Adaptive Security Appliances – click here