Feb 05

Cisco ASA hostname trick to quickly identify if the unit is Active or Standby

After years of working with the Cisco ASA platform I always learn something new while working with TAC or somebody else. I recently learned about the following command.


“prompt hostname state priority”

This command changes the hostname to include Primary or Secondary and Active or Standby. Instead of issuing the “show failover” command to figure out what unit you are on, this command will show you in the hostname.

Below is an example.

ASAFirewall(config)# prompt hostname state priority
ASAFirewall/act/sec(config)#

In the example above,
The hostname is “ASAFirewall”
This unit is “Active”
This unit is configured as the “Secondary” unit.

If you have any Tips & Tricks like this, please share them by using the reply field below. No account is needed.

Sep 13

How many clients can a Cisco 3702 AP service before service degrades?

I understand that the proper answer to this question is “It depends”. But, my goal is to find the number of simultaneous wireless telephone calls that can be made while attached to the same Cisco 3702 series access point (AP) and same radio A or B/G? I’m not looking for a book answer, I have already found the Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone 7925G Deployment Guide. On Page 42 is states 13 calls at 6 Mbps, 20 calls at 12 Mbps, and 27 calls at 24-54 Mbps.


So what is the reality of the 3702 series AP? That’s my question. Using a Cisco 7921/7925 IP phone, How many calls have you had going on your network before people started complaining?

On a Cisco 1252 AP, I found that once I hit 14-20 clients running terminal emulation software, the performance was very poor. The clients were using Telnet and it took a long time for the users to login and get their first assignment.

What about running a telephone application like the Shortel client. This client is loaded on a smartphone and makes calls over the WiFi. Have any of you used this client on a Cisco Wireless network? If so, what APs and controllers did you use? How was your experience?

Placing my configuration aside, can you give me good feedback about your experience with these products?