I should be getting our new 5250 firewalls in any day now and I'm trying to get my cable shopping list together so we can start working on our install process. I noticed the HSCI port for the A/S config uses a 40/100 port and, giving the units will be close together, I was thinking I'd like to get a twinax style cable instead of individual optics/fiber. I noticed the Front Panel Description for the 5200 series recommends using Active Optical Cables but these are a lot more expensive than similar passive options. Is the port compatible with passive style cables or does it require active?
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In case anyone has this question again in the future, after seeing some responses on other sites it looked to me that the firewall would accept passive cable and even ones set up for other vendors. I ordered a few QSFP+ direct attach passive cables that show compatibility for Cisco from Amazon and it seems to work fine so far in the lab.
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