Level of protection offered by hardware firewall/router?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Dregg Heda, Jan 20, 2009.

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  1. Dregg Heda

    Dregg Heda Registered Member

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    I would like to know of the level of protection offered by a router with a hardware firewall? Whats the difference between SPI and DPI? Which is more secure?
     
  2. andyman35

    andyman35 Registered Member

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    This post here will give you an outline of SPI and DPI.
    http://www.zen.co.uk/Firewalls/hardware/spi-vs-dpi-firewalls.aspx

    As to the question of the level of protection offered by a HW firewall,in terms of inbound protection a good quality router will offer very high security if configured properly.
     
  3. Dregg Heda

    Dregg Heda Registered Member

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    So if I have a good quality router I wont have to worry about any attacks coming from the net? A software firewall will be unneccessary?
     
  4. Mem

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    If there are other computers on your network and one of them gets a worm it could attack your PC, which a basic personal firewall will help stop if you haven't kept up with all the software patches for your PC.

    Also, most routers don't have outbound control like many personal firewalls but that is not critical to many.

    If you are running Windows, I recommend at least the built in firewall as well as the hardware one (especially if this is a laptop that may leave the private network).
     
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