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Do I Need The Protection Of A Router


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#1 dank_64

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 08:54 AM

When I lived with roomates we had a router to share the internet. When I moved out on my own I sold the router to one of the roomates. I now hear that it's good to have a router between your computer and the internet. My question is do I need it for protection? I have the full McAfee protection package (virusscan, spamkiller etc.) and I also have the windows firewall running. So is the router just overkill or should I get another one to further protect? Also I see routers that have firewall protection, and others that "act" like firewalls (i.e. linksys' befsx41, befsr41 ) what's the difference between these? Thanks

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Posted 09 April 2005 - 04:47 PM

hi dank_64, a hardware NAT router and a software firewall is a good idea. i wouldnt consider it overkill. look for a NAT router that has SPI. it may also prove useful if you decide to add other computers to the same ip address.
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Posted 10 April 2005 - 03:19 PM

It is a good idea to have both a software and hardware (router) firewall!

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