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Question About Firewall

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by eros28, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. eros28

    eros28 Guest

    I was wondering if someone can help me out.

    I have a PC hooked up to a DSL modem and a WRT54G Ver. 2 (Firmware Version : v4.20.7 ) router. I also have two MAC Mini's setup on wireless connections.

    My question is do I have to have a software firewall running if I use the router? Do I need a software firewall instead or along with the router? I have setup router but have not put any encryption options yet.

    I also use Azureus, Emule and when these programs are on and I try to surf the internet I get alot of "The connection has timed out" in Firefox and IE.

    I greatly appreciated any responses.

    note* edit for spelling mistake
  2. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    well, it wouldn't hurt to add extra layer of security like a personal firewall on your desktop. There are a lot of free personal firewall out there (ex. zone alarm). As for your torrent client, I used utorrent and no problem download. Utorrent is just 1 executable file and does not require installation. You can run it off your USB drive. I always get great download. BTW, if you're using other bittorrent client I believe you have to have some startup script running on your wrt54 in order to get it to work correctly. Using utorrent, I don't have to do anything to my WRT54G.
  3. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    it never hurts to have a software firewall on your computers, lets you limit outbound connections however you don't really NEED it... You torrent client may be using up all your upstream bandwidth making it hard to browse, make sure you have your upload limited to leave you at least 10 kb up.
  4. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Th router's hardware NAT 'firewall' will block unsolicted inbound traffic - unless you allow the downloads etc...

    Software firewalls will protect you from your trojans etc. 'calling home'.

    I use the XP firewall since it allows port forwarding etc.; free ZoneAlarm won't, nor will it allow ICS (which I need).

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