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    Firewall Protection – is built in good enough?

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    by adyoung ·

    I am planning an internet cafe, 5 computers will be able to access the net via a Netgear DG834 which is a ADSL modem router and firewall. Do you think it would be worthwhile installing a dedicated appliance such as SmoothWall?

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    • #2686567

      You should run a server

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to Firewall Protection – is built in good enough?

      In order to properly track, record, and control surfing you should in vest in a server and build a guest network. THen you firewall can be integrated in your NOS (ie. Novell) and offer much better security and control. Even with a small network, this cost is easily justified, and not too exorbitant to begine with.

      If you want to just use an ADSL router, your already limiting yourself so useing a built-in firewall or PAT on your router should be fine.

      Your only as strong as your weakest link.

    • #2686527

      Routers are routers;firewalls are firewalls

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to Firewall Protection – is built in good enough?

      I think you should get a separate firwall, for the reason I specified in the title.
      Routers route.
      Firewalls… um, wall, I guess!

      I agree with Oz’s suggestion on separating the client machines from any admin machines you are gonna have on the network.

      Now, for the SOHO setup, I love the SonicWAll line of products. I ran a .COM using SonicWall firewalls, and it was great!
      http://www.sonicwall.com
      Their price is not gonna kill you, and they are very good.
      So, let the ADSL router modem thing just do its thing and let a separate small firewall do its job.

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