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Posted 18 June 2004 - 10:32 AM
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 04:36 PM
I can explain the router vs software firewall part but someone else will need to assist with the slow speeds and disconnects.
A router basically stops all unsolicted attempts to enter your computer and makes your IP address invisiable to the net as the router will have its own IP address that is sent out to the net. There are many bad bad people out there that run programs specifically looking for open ports on computers so that they can enter your system and take control, sometimes overtly but mostly on the sly. A router is a roadblock. This said good hackers can work around it but most of the bad stuff floating on the net is from script kiddies looking for fun. The one not so good thing about a router is that it stops ONLY incoming traffic. If something was on the computer already and sending outbound messages your router would not stop it.
A software file wall will stop both incoming and out going traffic, or at least notify you if something is trying to go outbound once you have configured it.
Sooooooo I can only tell you that they both serve a purpose. Most people will tell you that a layered approach is the best approach.
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Heres a thread with some good information on the layered approach. http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8463
Posted 19 June 2004 - 07:19 AM
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