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Software Firewall Needed?

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Hi All,

I use a cable modem to access the internet, I'm sharing the internet with my two sister's computers all connected via. Belkin 4-Port Wireless Router. They are wired using RJ-49 LAN cables, so no wireless going on here

The router has NAT Firewall built in, It seems to block anything before windows gets to it (though I'm not sure) and can be configured in the router config for games etc.

Basically I want to know if my Software firewall is needed anymore, I.e. can I turn it off/uninstall and leave everything up to my NAT firewall? Does having two firewalls pose any benefit?

Cheers,

//Xeijin
post #2 of 7
Well...its really personal preference...hardware firewalls are typically better than software firewalls, IMO I say turn it off and just use the hardware one.
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your software firewall will affect your network now......it will do nothing for your internet.

better off getting rid of it as it is just another app chewing up resources unnecessarily.
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Thanks guys I'll get rid of it, Cheers, Rep +
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additional info:

it will be easier to set up port forwarding on a hardware router than in a software firewall......I've had nothing but trouble trying to open ports in zonealarm and the like.

I currently use a PII-166 running IPCop......great firewall, easy to install and manage and it's free to download (God bless the GPL).

modem ------ > IPCop firewall --------> 8-port switch -------> PCs

(my modem has an inbuilt router but it was a pain in the arse so I forwarded all the ports to my IPCop firewall and manage traffic through that)

I picked up the PII on a palette at an ex-gov auction.....got the whole palette for $2........was able to make another 4 firewalls from the bits on the same palette so I just handed them out to my mates.
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post #6 of 7
just make sure that uPnP is disabled if you plan on using the router firewall effectively. UPnP would allow a spyware program to open ports on the router without your approval.
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disabled where?? on my pc?
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