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can a router/hardware firewall suffice as a gateway?

By thowfeeq ·
hi;
im trying to set up a gateway to share internet connection and i need to focus on security.
i want to know if it is possible to get a hardware firewall which can be also used as a gateway? is it important to have a separate firewall and should the gateway be a server?

what are the advantages or disadvantages of these two methods?any recommendations on a good device for this purpose?

all help highly appreciated. cheers

haleem

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Sounds like a Home work Question to me

by OH Smeg In reply to can a router/hardware fir ...

Perhaps if you where to ask something not from a Teacher or School in a manner like you needed help you would get some answers here but we do not do peoples homework for them.

Col

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Sounds like a Home work Question to me

by thowfeeq In reply to Sounds like a Home work Q ...

its not a homework question. i cant help the way i sound. just asking for an opinion to confirm or contradict with what i have decided.

assumptions are not cool.

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RE: assumptions are not cool.

by OH Smeg In reply to Sounds like a Home work Q ...

Well lets see then shall we

im trying to set up a gateway to share internet connection and i need to focus on security.

What Security Specifics would help here so what are you trying to protect and from what?

i want to know if it is possible to get a hardware firewall which can be also used as a gateway?

Again Specifics would be helpful here instead of the Generalizations that can cover anything.

is it important to have a separate firewall and should the gateway be a server?

Depends on what is in use and what is being protected here again Specifics would be much easier to answer than a General Question that could cover anything at all.

what are the advantages or disadvantages of these two methods?

Well as yet there are no methods as there are no specifics and we have no idea of what is being attempted here. Is this for a Business or a Private individual and what is required here?

any recommendations on a good device for this purpose?

This depends on what is in use, what is required, what is available and what is needed. There are thousands of possibilities and there are too many to list here particularly when we have no idea of what is required for the specific case/installation.

Yep I agree

assumptions are not cool.

Particularly when you are asking something and not giving any point of reference so that we could maybe help you.

Again Listing what is wanted and what it being protected as well as what is in use would be a good starting point here instead of asking a question that is Impossible to answer in any meaningful manner. Even Homework Questions/Assignments have the reference of the Course being taught so frame the answer in but asked this way without any Specifics at all is impossible to give an answer that is meaningful but I'll try so here goes.

i want to know if it is possible to get a hardware firewall which can be also used as a gateway?

Yes it is but if this is for a Business application it';s not advisable.

is it important to have a separate firewall

Yes and No depends on what is required and how secure things need to be as well as what is trying to be protected from.

should the gateway be a server?

Again Yes & no it may prove helpful or it may not depends on what is being attempted here and what is being considered to use. For instance ISA needs to run on a Server Platform but if you are looking at using a Router with up to date Firmware ISA isn't possible to consider.

what are the advantages or disadvantages of these two methods?

They may or may not work for the required use which has not been stated. Then there is the small matter of the costs involved what suits a Big Business doesn't suit a Small Business or Home User.

any recommendations on a good device for this purpose?

I'm quite willing to answer specific questions that are possible to answer but without knowing what is being attempted here the answer that suits a Secure Government Environment will not be a suitable Answer for a Domestic User and if I was to answer for a Domestic User that would be entirely unsuitable for any form of anything but the smallest Business.

On the other hand Homework Questions on Networking are this general and need to be answered within the framework of the course that they are being used in conjunction with.

To protect Medical Records from theft these should be stored and accessed on a Server and LAN with no Direct Connection to the Internet. You can use a Router that Is Not turned on for anything else but updating and as required by the Software maker to upgrade their product to make it more usable for you. The same applies to Bank Records but not the Individual Bank Employees workstations so there it would be better to have different LAN/WAN for the Actual Transaction Reports and the Individual workstations with a Single Access point between the 2 LAN/WAN's.

On the other hand for a domestic installation that is only requiring no outgoing feeds for infections a Simple Router with all but the most needed Outgoing ports turned off may suffice.

Col

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