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October 31, 2010  9:14 PM

When using QoS: Router or ASA?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ASA, Cisco, NBAR, netflow, nsel, QOS, router

Hi folks! So more and more these days we require QoS for our networks. When you have QoS needs and you need to decide on a Cisco router or a Cisco ASA firewall what should you use? Well both devices support QoS, but I would lean towards using the router. Why? With the router it seems you have...

October 31, 2010  8:01 PM

The importance of firmware updates



Posted by: Raj Perumal
bugs, exploits, firewall, firmware, network equipment, router, switch, updates

Hi folks, more often than not I see people deploying new network equipment or servers without firmware updates. What's up with that? As a good best practice it only makes sense to update the firmware on devices. These firmware updates usually patch lots of security holes and other bugs. People...


October 31, 2010  7:57 PM

USB to Serial converter for laptops



Posted by: Raj Perumal
cisco switch, CLI, rollover cable, router, usb to serial

Hi folks, for those of you that do a lot of switch and router configuration, you'll notice that new laptops nowadays are lacking serial ports. So what do you do? Well you can go and buy a usb to serial converter but they aren't all created equally. It's hard to find a reliable converter out...


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