Lol, don't be too hard on yourself buddy it's a fairly common mistake to make. I take you mean you were expecting address similar to 10.0.0.* or 192.168.2.* etc. As you seem to have noticed this is your internal network IP as opposed to your external IP address.
You don't need to turn off your router firewall, nor should you by the way. If you want to audit your pc's firewall you are best off doing it from another computer on your local network. However, you really don't need
to test it, if you study up on what all of the features of your chosen firewall are and what they do you should be fine. To test a firewall you really need to know a fair bit about networking and TCP/IP and all of the other protocols for anything to make sense. For example how does the computer respond to netbios datagrams? Does it send a syn/ack or rst packet or does it drop the packet silently? If this makes no sense to you then you probably don't want to worry about doing an audit yourself. The firewall GUI is there so you don't have to deal with the technical stuff allowing you to enforce policies in a (somewhat) non-technical manner.
However if you cannot be dissuaded on this matter send me a PM and I can offer some links for some testing software, but as stated before you must
have a fair knowledge of the network stack and network protocols to make a reasonable and valid judgement of the results. As these applications are built for network/system administrators it is generally taken for granted that the end user has sufficient knowledge to both perform and review the results.
Oh and by the way, if you are looking into a security suite package, in my opinion you can't go past Kaspersky Internet Security
. It's not free and has a subscription based price point. I think it's the dog's bollo.... well to put it nicely, I think it is the bee's knees
Again, don't be afraid to ask questions here as we will help out as much as we can.
Edited by lucent, 21 August 2008 - 11:15 PM.