Using router for firewall protection.

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by =?Utf-8?B?YmlsbA==?=, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. I am using Windows XP(sp2) Home, and am connected to Comcast Broadband.
    Following advice, after having spyware prolems in the past, I have installed
    a DLink DI-524 Wireless G Router for hardware firewall protection. Everything
    seems working fine. It is hard wired to my computer Ethernet connection.

    I would appreciate any help concerning:

    1. I have only one computer, but was sold a router with wireless capability
    since wire only was not avaliable. Am I at more risk due to the wireless?
    Can/should I disable the wireless capability? How? I set it up using quick
    guide and defaults.

    2. I am also running Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus. I turned off
    Windows firewall so as not to compete. Is that correct?

    3. I also have MS Anti Spyware, Spybot and Ad-Aware.

    Any comments on the router setup and this software combination will be
    appreciated.

    Thanks, Bill
     
    =?Utf-8?B?YmlsbA==?=, Aug 10, 2005
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  2. 1. A router (wired or wireless) acts as a firewall, blocking undesired
    incoming traffic from the Internet. Since you're not using wireless,
    turn off the wireless capability. If the quick guide doesn't show how
    to do it, refer to the full user's guide on the CD that came with the
    router.

    2. Yes, that's correct. Running more than one software firewall can
    cause problems. Running a hardware firewall (router) and a software
    firewall is fine. It gives two layers of protection.

    3. Good. Those are the spyware programs that I use and recommend.

    With firewall, antivirus, and antispyware programs in place, the only
    other thing you need for basic security is to enable automatic Windows
    Updates.
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    Steve Winograd [MVP], Aug 10, 2005
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  3. Thanks Steve, for the help!

    After checking the full version documentation, there seems to be no simple
    way to disable the wireless capability.

    I took off (unscrewed) the antena. Does that help? Really, my concern is
    only with stuff coming over the broadband cable.

    Thanks, Bill.
     
    =?Utf-8?B?YmlsbA==?=, Aug 10, 2005
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  4. You're welcome, Bill. I just looked at the DI-524 manual on the
    D-Link web site, and I don't see a way to disable the wireless
    capability, either. Sorry. On my D-Link DI-514, there are "Enabled"
    and "Disabled" buttons on the main "Wireless" settings screen, right
    above the "SSID" box.

    I don't know what the effect of taking off the antenna would be. If
    there's really no way to disable wireless, enable the highest level of
    wireless encryption that the router offers.
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    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
    for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
    addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
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    Steve Winograd [MVP], Aug 10, 2005
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  5. Thanks, again, Steve!

    I found a disable button in the advanced wireless setup, and set it.

    Now, the WLAN light on the router is OFF -- this is what we want -- correct?

    Its great being able to "talk" with you guys, very helpful, thanks

    Bill
     
    =?Utf-8?B?YmlsbA==?=, Aug 10, 2005
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  6. You're welcome, Bill. I think that you've successfully disabled the
    wireless capability. Strange that the user manual doesn't show how to
    do it.
    --
    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
    for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
    addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
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    Steve Winograd [MVP], Aug 14, 2005
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