hardware & software firewalls need both?

  Mysticnas 12:53 04 Aug 04

Hi all,

Just managed to setup some netgear stuff (modem and router).

The router has a built in hardware firewall, does this mean that i don't need my norton firewall anymore?

How does it all work?

I have noticed that since i plugged in the firewall router my net speed has slowed somewhat.

  Mysticnas 13:17 04 Aug 04

it up

  Pauper 13:47 04 Aug 04

The hardware firewall (in the case of most routers) will only effect the data coming into the network from the net, a software firewall run in parallel will also give you control over what is going out. This allows you to keep track/control of any rogue programs trying to connect to the net from your lan

  James-286079 15:34 04 Aug 04

You are likely to have quite serious problems if you use both hardware and software firewall. They often conflict with each other, slowing and sometimes stopping all traffic.
I recommend using a software firewall in preference to a hardware firewall as it is much more specialised.
If I were you, I'd disable the router's firewall and keep Norton.


  Mysticnas 17:53 04 Aug 04

thanks for that..

I've noticed that my internet was slow on my pc, but not on my brothers. My PC is much quicker than his.

we both run XP pro. We have a wireless LAN setup.

I'll see what i can do about turning off the firewall in the router.

Thanks. will update.

  byfordr 20:13 04 Aug 04

I use the Netgear DG834G with a software firewall with no problems. Allows you to keep track on whats trying to get out.


  VoG II 20:16 04 Aug 04

Similarly: Belkin router plus McAfee firewall. Inspection of the McAfee log shows that some "things" (probably harmless, I accept) get through the router's firewall.

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