PA-7000 Series Firewall Network Processing Cards (NPCs)
Network Processing Cards (NPCs) provide network connectivity
for a PA-7000 Series firewall. To scale performance and capacity, you
can install up to six NPCs in a PA-7050 firewall and up to ten NPCs
in a PA-7080 firewall. If you plan on fully populating a PA-7000
Series firewall with NPCs, see Determine
PA-7000 Series Firewall Power Configuration Requirements to
ensure that you provide enough power to the firewall.
When viewing the NPCs from the web interface, the NPCs are organized by
slot and you click the icon to the left of the slot number to show
the NPC ports. The port numbering designation is Ethernet, followed
by slot/port such as ethernet<slot>/<port>, where slot is
the physical slot the card is installed in and the port is the interface
port number. For example, the first Ethernet port on an NPC installed
in slot 1 shows ethernet1/1 and port 2 shows ethernet1/2. The first
port on an NPC installed in slot 2 shows ethernet2/1 and port 2
shows ethernet2/2. For information on installing the NPCs, see Replace
a PA-7000 Series Network Processing Card (NPC).
On the PA-7050 firewall, you install NPCs in slots 1,2,3,5,6,
and 7 and on the PA-7080 firewall, you install NPCs in slots 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.
You must install at least one NPC to enable the firewall
to process network traffic.
The following NPCs can be installed in a PA-7000 Series firewall: