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2006-07-21, 08:33 #1
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- Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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I have an ADSL modem with a built-in firewall, and a faithful old D-Link 604, which I replaced with a Linksys switch. All of the opinion, included in that in a previous thread on switch /router, seems to overlook the fact that DSL modems (at least) may have their own hardware firewalls. Needless to say, I have a software firewall in addition to that.
When it comes to setting up a network, Microsoft advises against sharing if you are using a hub, which I presume to be considered equivalent to a switch. But if there is a hardware firewall upstream of the switch (or hub), is there any need for that restriction?
2006-07-21, 12:55 #2
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- St Louis, Missouri, USA
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You can safely share resources with machines on your own network (i.e. behind your hardware firewall). You just want to be sure the firewall on each machine and the hub does not allow sharing to the outside world. There are numerous threads that contain links to setup home/small office networks. Just search this forum.