Is there a way to test hardware firewall?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by Gaeko, Jun 10, 2009.

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  1. Gaeko

    Gaeko Guest

    Hi,

    I bought a router which says it has NAT/SPI firewall. :eek:

    However, I don't see any difference, and I'm not sure if it is even working. :doubt:

    Is there a simple way to check if my hardware firewall is working? o_O

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jrmhng

    jrmhng Registered Member

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    I dont you are meant to 'see' any difference. If you want to feel better about it, I suggest you take a look at www.grc.com and do a port scan.

    There are some old posts on what SPI actually means in the context of a home router. Have a search for it if you have lots of time on your hands to read through.

    My take is that the biggest 'security' benefit from having a router is that you are assigned a non publically routable IP address using Network Address Translation. Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_address_translation for more info.
     
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