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A Dsl Newbie That Is Anxious


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#1 EdBee

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:47 PM

I just went from Dial-Up to DSL and am wondering. With Dial Up when you are logged off it would be hard to get invaded unless there was a dialer program installed. But, it seems with DSL the bad ones can jump right in. I read that the DSL modem would have firewall built in to stop unwanted intrusions. But reading about the MODEM I got from Earthlink I saw no mention of a firewall. Any ideas? :thumbsup: --Thanks
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Posted 14 June 2006 - 05:01 PM

its a router that has a "built in firewall", it uses NAT and private addressing to create a facade of only 1 public IP address, where internally your computers have private IP's which keep outside users outside for the most part.
your modem is simply a modulator that carries a signal, although, some dsl modems have router capabilties. our dsl provider, Aliant, gives speedstream 802.11g wireless dsl modem routers.
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Posted 16 June 2006 - 09:41 PM

This is a easy way to determine if it has a router built in.
Start> Run> cmd> ipconfig If the Gateway starts with 192.168.1.XXX it has a router. Or just call your ISP and ask them.
It is a good idea to have a software firewall like SyGate or Zone Alarm.

Edited by acklan, 16 June 2006 - 09:45 PM.

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