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Re: OT: ADSL safe practices and setting up a home network



I can't speak for others, but Linksys rules Windows home networking as far as I'm concerned. I buy it. I plug it in. It works. The worst network hardware in my Windows experience is D-link. I bought it. I plugged it in. It didn't work. I exchanged it. I plugged it in. It didn't work. I plugged it in 10 bazillion times and it didn't work 10 bazillion times. Their tech support can't make it work. I'm bald today. D-link is crap. Don't buy it.

Jimmy


Bruno Wolff III wrote:
On Fri, Apr 14, 2006 at 09:00:55 -0400,
  Debbie Deutsch <fedoralist ddeutsch org> wrote:
These days, routers come with the "firewall" capabilities built in.  If
you stick with any of the major brands you probably will be fine.  (I
have no horror tales about obscure manufacturers, but I *know* you will
almost certainly be okay if you get a model from, say, Linksys or NetGear.)

Buying major brand firewalls is go guarenty of not having problems. Some
bonehead decisions have been made in the past in order to reduce support
costs for consumer level firewall devices.

For someone that doesn't know what they are doing, a consumer level hardware
firewall device is a cost effective way to gain some protection.

These hardware firewalls are really just software firewalls with the software
loaded from firmware. Their advantages are low cost for a dedicated firewall
and quietness.



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