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Firewall Protection - is built in good enough?

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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You should run a server

by Oz_Media In reply to Firewall Protection - is ...

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.

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Routers are routers;firewalls are firewalls

by Joseph Moore In reply to Firewall Protection - is ...

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!
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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