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Posted: 1/10/2003 9:28:18 AM EDT

 Cable guy coming tomorrow.
Should I have him install a network cable modem  or the USB 2.0 type?
Is Zonealarm good enough or do I need a hardware firewall?

Link Posted: 1/10/2003 9:35:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2003 9:36:37 AM EDT by Kar98]
Network type.
Less load on the computer, and easier to expand and to maintain.
ZoneAlarm Pro would be good enough for me, although I added a hardware firewall/router, too. (Linksys BEFSR41)
Link Posted: 1/10/2003 9:40:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2003 9:43:43 AM EDT
I'd definitely go with the network cable modem, as this is much more flexible in the long run.

I used to use ZoneAlarm for years and in the last year have switched to Sygate Personal Firewall.  I needed flexibility that ZA simply did not offer (like the ability to block by port# and/or protocol ID vs. just IP address).

Welcome to the world of broadband.  Once you've got it, you'll never go back.  [;)]
Link Posted: 1/10/2003 9:49:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Big_Bear:
No reason to tie up one of your USB ports. I use Zonealarm and it works just fine. Get a hardware firewall if you think you need the added security, but they can be rather expensive, hundreds of dollars.
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Only if you go with serious firewalls.  DLink and SMC now have routers that do Stateful Packet Inspection for under $60.  I just had to replace my router (too many wall blobs and plugged the wrong DC adapter into the damn thing) and got a DLink 604.  It's nice and has decent logging.
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