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Question about hardware firewall...

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Paul_Fisher, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. Paul_Fisher

    Paul_Fisher Screenwriter

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    OK, I just got a D-Link 614+ wireless broadband router and hooked it up a couple of days ago. Once my broadband connection is going through the router to my computer, do I need to do anything else to protect my computer?

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  2. John*Jones

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    i've got the same router...good choice. an anti-virus program is a good idea. downloading ad-aware and spybot-search & destroy is a must. both of these programs are free (unless you want an upgraded version of ad-aware) and help remove unwated ad and spyware from your machine. i don't run a software firewall, but i'm sure it couldn't hurt.

    cheers
     
  3. Paul_Fisher

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    Yep, I've got ad-aware and Norton Antivirus. One of the reasons I went with the router was to get rid of the resource hogging firewall software.
     
  4. Chris Hovanic

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    software and hardware firewall is like wearing suspenders and a belt at the same time.

    Though software can block outgoing packets where hardware will only block incoming packets.

    IMHO.... overkill

    Make sure you lock down that wireless connection unless you want to share it with you neighbor [​IMG]
     
  5. John*Jones

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    Enabling WEP is very good idea indeed. I can't tell you how many times I've come across an unsecure wireless network with my laptop. And I've even been able to access the router itself (not for malicious intent mind you) because people refuse to change the default login and password. I forgot that when I upgraded the firmware and had the default login/password for a few weeks.

    Anyway, even if you have ad-aware I'd still recommend spybot. I often find that one program misses something the other catches.

    Cheers.
     
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    This is slightly off subject, but I just brought one of those Dlink for a friend of mine (it was $9.99 at eCost), I tested it on my static IP DSL, worked like a dream, took all of 5 minutes. But no luck at the friend's Comcast (I've reset the Dlink, everything all cleared, and set the IP to dynamic, also followed all the good stuff over at DLink's product help on connecting to Comcast). Anybody here has experience with this thing and Comcast?? Thanks.
     
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    overkill is better than underkill [​IMG]
     
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    With the wireless option, the PC's inside the router could still be at risk.

    You can minimize it by turning on MAC address filtering on the router. A MAC address is a dedicated hardware address on all network cards and it is unique for your card. Turning on WEP encryption and only allowing computers with certain MAC addresses to even talk to the router (wirelessly or otherwise) will cut the risk way down.

    You can get the MAC address for your network card by opening up a command prompt in windows and typing: ipconfig /all

    You're looking for the line marked "physical address" and it is in the form xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx.

    Just keep in mind that any computer you want to connect to your router and have access to the Internet needs to have its MAC address entered into the routers filter to be allowed out.

    Personally I still run a software firewall inside the router. I don't find the resources it uses to bother me any. Then again, that's just me.
     
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    I have the same D-Link router, can anyone tell me what settings I should put in the firewall portion of the router setup? It is not very user-friendly and I have no experience with setting up a hardware firewall manually.
     
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    Also.. I recently updated my mouse drivers for my microsoft optical mouse.. (intellipoint software)

    I have zone alarm installed. The intellipoint software was installed and my machine rebooted. About 30 seconds later, I get a prompt that the mouse drivers are attempting to access the internet. Naturally I declined. Why would mouse drivers need to access the internet. A lot of legitimate programs also try to register via the internet if connection is available. I always block those too.

    Zonealarm does not eat up very much memory or CPU power and even if you have an additional firewall it is still a good idea.
     
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    To each their own.... I for one am not that paranoid about applications phoning home.

    I still stand by a hardware firewall, good updated AV software and an updated OS is all you need.

    The problem I have with software firewall's is that they can/will interfere with applications that you want to access the internet. And for the computer challenged that is a huge headache. They will just shut the thing off and go unprotected because they don't want to deal with it. Now this is just my opinion and the reason I point my customers/friends/family to use a hardware firewall. Easy to manage and work well.

    If you or anyone out there wants to wear suspenders and a belt at the same time then thats their/your choice.
     
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    Sorry Paul_Fisher and Mods that this has veered off topic a bit....

     
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