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#1 georgia

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 03:44 PM

I have "xp" OS and sp2 and now want to install a wired router as we now have high speed phone internet connection.
I only need wired and am looking at Linksys or Alpha Shield as either of them was recommended to me by our office tech.
I look forward to experienced comments, thankyou.
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 04:26 PM

I have been using the Linksys Network Anywhere NR041 wired router for over six years. I purchased it at the Walmart for $40. I ran it in DHCP mode till '04 when I configured it to Static IPs.
I have 13 computers, 3 printer, and sometimes a NAS (An external ethernet hard drive) running thru it. I plugged a 3Com SuperStacker II 24 port switch (used) into it to increase it form a 4 port to a 24 port.
I had to replace the router once do to lighting, and went back with the same model.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 01:10 AM

Thx for the comment.
I was wondering if there is any merit in using Alpha Shield as well.
I only use the SP2 firewall.
That is the major reason that i am posting as I just updated my notebook to SP2; as there was no reason to do so when I only used this one occasionally.
It is not my main computer, however now I may use it more consistently.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 01:43 AM

I have no experience with Alpha Shield. The firewall with XP in woefully inadequate. It only scans incoming and does not stop outgoing virus/trojans. If some how you get a virus/trojan pass the firewall it can transmit information outbound without detection.
I have used Zone Alarm (freeware) and it will catch everything coming in and going out.
As far as updates I install everything MS has to offer except the languague plugins.
Since you are using a notebook on the LAN I would also recommend a print server ($30 used, $70+ new) so when you log onto the LAN your printer is available. Most brands make routers with print servers built in, which start at $70.
All wireless routers have 4+ wired ports as well. You could setup a wired LAN except for you notebook, which would logon when it was in range. Wireless router refurbished router start at $40. Link to cheap routers.
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