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    Wireless - doing some homework

    Hi all. I am going to be networking two computers in my home shortly with a wireless router (the router itself is on back order and will be in any day now). I'm fairly confident I can figure out how to put all the pieces together, but my biggest concern is security. Before I make this leap into the world of wireless, can anyone explain to me in layman's terms what I need to do/have to protect the computers from external nasties? I have read a few articles about this but am not coming away any the wiser for having read them. I have been told to check my "security protocols" once the router is installed. Does this refer to a firewall or is there something else I need to know ? Thanks in advance for any education you can provide!

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    Re: Wireless - doing some homework

    Are you buying a "wireless firewall router", and if so, which make and model?

    Do both computers have a wireless card in them, or are you going to have one ethernet connection to the router?

    Have you got a software firewall and antivirus software installed in each computer?

    John

    PS Do you wish you hadn't asked your original question <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> ?
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Wireless - doing some homework

    Oh yuck. I can answer some of the questions but as I don't have the router yet, and can't remember all the specifics about it, all I can say is that it is a D-link...sorry. It was a really, really good price so I hope I haven't ordered a chees-y model! I will be connecting one computer via an ethernet connection and the other with a wireless card (which I have but haven't installed yet). I have a firewall and antivirus software in one computer and as soon as the other is "live" to the internet, I will be adding those items as well. Am I good to go once I have installed these items on the other computer then? Or should I just wait until I have the router and post back?

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