Dlink dsl 604 wireless

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Beck, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. Beck

    Beck Guest

    I was under the impression that this router was equipped with a full
    firewall, but it seems to be only an incoming firewall like the windows xp
    firewall. Is this correct?
    Unlike software firewalls I get no warning that a program attempts to
    connect to the net.
    Beck, Apr 30, 2005
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  2. Beck

    Alex Fraser Guest

    I don't know.
    Even if the router has a "full firewall" you will never get any warning -
    the router can't tell what software generated any packets it receives. Only
    something running on the same machine as the software can know that.

    In other words, for outbound packets, there is no substitute for a software
    firewall. And if you have a software firewall, the ability to filter
    outbound packets on the router is typically not a huge bonus.

    Alex Fraser, Apr 30, 2005
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  3. Beck

    Conor Guest

    Yes. You can block off traffic in both directions on specific ports.
    No shit Einstein. What the hell did you expect? Just how did you expect
    it to manage that?
    Conor, Apr 30, 2005
  4. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Why the brash reply? I do not understand what routers are capable of which
    is why I was asking. If you cannot be bothered to give a constructive reply
    then why bother?
    Beck, Apr 30, 2005
  5. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Thanks for your help Alex. So do I really need a software firewall?
    Beck, Apr 30, 2005
  6. Beck

    poster Guest

    Seems it can do more than just block incoming traffic if Conor is right.

    Since you mentioned both 'full firewall' and 'more limited Win XP approach'
    the response to "Is this correct ?" isn't either "yes" or "no" :)

    He has a point, it cannot identify *which* application caused the traffic, of
    course... hence comment, but it may be 'blocked' and can appear in a log file
    You don't need to read too much into it. Conor *always* seems to be in a bad
    mood, or has some 'smug git' comment. I don't remember (m)any from him where
    he has learned something from someone else and acknowledges that (but I don't
    look out for Conor's posts, normally hit the 'next' key :) Peter M.
    poster, Apr 30, 2005
  7. Beck

    poster Guest

    It can certainly do you no harm - it will identify attempts to get out (so
    long as a nasty doesn't disable it)... so I'd suggest you keep s/w firewalls
    on every system... I've also found it handy to block apps which 'call home'
    to get news of updates or simply silly adverts (eg Real Player).
    poster, Apr 30, 2005
  8. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Thanks. I was hoping to ditch them as I want less programs clogging up the
    background. I shall install Sygate firewall again.
    Beck, Apr 30, 2005
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