After much thought, I finally broke down and purchased a new Cisco ASA 5505 firewall.
Ebay was my first choice. If you’re in the market for a firewall I would check Ebay out first. There are many brand new 5505s available. Just be cautious and read the descriptions.
I am looking forward to playing with 8.2 NAT versus 8.3+ NAT. Just reading on Twitter I can see how much headache it has caused.
Security has always been an interesting subject for me and now I can play around with a firewall that’s not actually in production. It also makes sense since the ASA is the primary firewall I will be working with.