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#1 1st_evil

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 08:49 PM

What is a router and what does it do I have one but dont know what for :unsure:

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 11:58 PM

will my post been here for 3 days thanks for all the hellp guys

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 12:38 PM

1st_evil,
I don't know anything about routers.
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#4 Turnip

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 02:35 PM

A router is used to "route" packets of information. It is often used with high speed digital internet connections where the connection is being used by more than one computer. The internet connection will go to the router, and any tranfer of information over the internet will be done through the router. The router is responsible for making sure that the right packets go to the right computer, so if computer 1 requests yahoo.com, the router makes sure that the page goes to computer 1 rather than any other computer. A router can also be used as a firewall, and it can be used to prevent DoS (Denial of Service) attack by filtering out packets.

Hope that helps.

#5 1st_evil

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Posted 21 July 2004 - 05:32 PM

someone said I dont need a firewall cause i have a router...

#6 Turnip

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 01:57 AM

Some routers have a hardware firewall built into them, and so a software firewall (like Zone Alarm) is not neccessary.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 05:32 AM

...a software firewall (like Zone Alarm) is not neccessary.

Ah, the "Trusting Soul"...

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#8 Turnip

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 06:04 AM

Ok, in other words:

I have a hardware firewall built into my router, and so can't be bothered with a software firewall. Sue me ;).

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 10:20 AM

Don't believe in outbound filtering? Fine.
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Posted 02 August 2004 - 10:28 AM

Yes I do, I'm just lazy. I know I should have a software firewall, but to tell you the truth, when I had dialup I got through so many firewalls that I can't really be bothered with it :/.

Edited by Turnip, 02 August 2004 - 10:29 AM.


#11 1st_evil

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Posted 05 August 2004 - 09:01 PM

o ok ill have to see if mine has a built in firewall.

#12 Turnip

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 05:42 AM

It should just say on the box, or even on the underside of it.

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 10:29 AM

If you are on cable, you need both hardware & software firewall.
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#14 Dan39

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:44 AM

Well i have router(pretty sure with hardware firewall) and a software firewall, and i must say that a software firewall is great and does not conflict with router at all. You have basically full control over software firewall. With the router you dont have much control over it....

Id say best thing to do is use both.

Setting up a firewall isnt too hard...
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#15 Tuxedo Jack

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:13 PM

However, if you have a router, change the admin password _IMMEDIATELY_ and disable all remote administration. The only administration of the router should be done by someone physically on your LAN with an IP of 192.168.x.x.
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 07:23 AM

Linksys the world's most popular router has a hardware firewall which consists of a IP address changing mechanism; it disguises your true IP address: spoofs. Not what I would call a true firewall. Add the second layer of protection and install a software firewall.

#17 1st_evil

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 01:07 AM

Ok I got a built in firewall in my router :D didnt even know

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 08:30 PM

NAT filtration is pretty much a foolproof method to preventing attacks unless it's from the inside or your router is rooted. You know, a router-rooter.

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