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Poll Results: Will I gain anything by updateing old router?

 
  • 100% (5)
    Yes, a new router would be more secure and faster.
  • 0% (0)
    No, a new router would be a waste of money.
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post #11 of 18
Replace.. regardless what you do over internet, replace that relic. WNDR3700 v1/v2, WNDR3800, DIR-825 B1/B2/C1, DIR-615-E1/E2/E3/E4, E2000, E2600L, E3000, E3200, E4200 v1(NOT A v2 EVER!) & more.. all good & all support DD-WRT/Tomato/Gargoyle varying upon router.
     
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post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by GigaByte View Post

Replace.. regardless what you do over internet, replace that relic. WNDR3700 v1/v2, WNDR3800, DIR-825 B1/B2/C1, DIR-615-E1/E2/E3/E4, E2000, E2600L, E3000, E3200, E4200 v1(NOT A v2 EVER!) & more.. all good & all support DD-WRT/Tomato/Gargoyle varying upon router.

Why though? Currently he literally has no reason to upgrade besides wireless which he said he doesn't need.
post #13 of 18
Need another choice in the poll options: Yes, a new router would be more secure, but not necessarily faster.

Explanation: internet speed will not increase, however if there are gig ports on the internal switch then LAN-side will be faster.
post #14 of 18
As long as you are running NAT (if you're running a modem + router combo you're definitely using NAT even without knowing it) there is no reason to get a router with a firewall. All incoming connections are filtered, and only outgoing connections aren't. A good antivirus is all you need for security.

Gigabit Ethernet on the switch side (the LAN ports basically) of the router could be of some help with internal network activity if you're capping it, but your ping will more than likely not decrease, both on the internet and the intranet.

*EDIT*

There does however appear to be an exploit on your router that could be exploited from the internal network - so unless you trust every single device and person that hooks up to your network, that's a way to upgrade the security of the network. It's not exploitable for the internet side so an attacker can't really do anything.
Edited by gonX - 1/31/13 at 1:53am
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You'll be fine aslong as you don't get a high speed connection smile.gif
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post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the replies. Helps me get a better understanding of the current home network. I'm not worried about internal security since I use 3 out of the 4 computers and my roommate barely knows how to use the internet. I was really wanting to make sure I'm not missing out on a performance upgrade by using the old router. I guess I will wait for it to die or I move to another location with faster connection.

Oh I did make a mistake, I tested my speed and it is actually hitting 2.9Mbps down. I thought it was 1.5Mbps.

Thanks again guys.
     
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post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by gonX View Post

As long as you are running NAT (if you're running a modem + router combo you're definitely using NAT even without knowing it) there is no reason to get a router with a firewall. All incoming connections are filtered, and only outgoing connections aren't. A good antivirus is all you need for security.

Absolutely not. NAT is not security (well it is, but it is security by sticking your head in the sand...). All this does is translate internal IPs to a routable IP and attach a port. That is not filtering.

Now, that said does a home user need an Enterprise-class firewall? No. But on a DSL connection a minimal PI image will deter anyone trying for a cheap easy intrusion/hijack of the bandwidth.
post #18 of 18
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Absolutely not. NAT is not security (well it is, but it is security by sticking your head in the sand...). All this does is translate internal IPs to a routable IP and attach a port. That is not filtering.

Now, that said does a home user need an Enterprise-class firewall? No. But on a DSL connection a minimal PI image will deter anyone trying for a cheap easy intrusion/hijack of the bandwidth.

It is filtering for ports that aren't forwarded. If he has a security hole on his local PC, an external attacker will not be able to exploit it unless there is also a security hole on his router. A firewall is necessary if you do not use NAT, but a firewall is in no way necessary other than to control every single thing that accesses your network.

If you're looking for real security, adding a firewall to a home network is not the way to do it.
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