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I was having some connection issues with Steam and turned out to be my router. Steam support says to disable SPI (Stateful Packet inspection) and it seems to solve all my problems now.
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...6776-MYXU-0480

Also XBOX live says it's best to have an Open NAT so I set it to open in my
router settings.
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/co...on-testnat.htm

But my router says these are big security risks........

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Disable SPI Firewall - The SPI (Stateful Packet Inpection) Firewall protects your LAN against Denial of Service attacks. This should only be disabled in special circumstances.
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This option determines how the router deals with inbound traffic. The Secured option provides a secured firewall to protect the PCs on LAN from attacks from the Internet, but it may cause some Internet games, point-to-point applications, or multimedia applications not to work. The Open option, on the other hand, provides a much less secured firewall, while it allows almost all Internet applications to work.
NAT^

my question is it safe to keep OPEN NAT and disabled SP1? or is it bad and I will get attatcks?
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its perfectly ok if you have a firewall installed and enabled
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hmm i dont use the windows firewall or anything at all

should i use windows firewall?
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hmm i dont use the windows firewall or anything at all

should i use windows firewall?
windows firewall should be just fine, but i'd still recommend having something else.. maybe something like zone alarm.. but if you're lazy, just windows firewall should be fine
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