DSL routers already come with many firewall features - NAT translation, address and port filters, port remapping, and NETBIOS blocking. My gut feel is that PC based firewall software is for those people who don't understand or don't want to mess with their router's configuration. For example, firewall features in my DSL router must be configured via command line. Its not intuitive. You've got to dig into a reference book and use TELNET in order to do it. There's no context sensitive help. But, after its done, its done. To add another firewall behind your router adds unnecessary redundancy. On the other hand, you might get a comprehensive GUI interface with context sensitive help. It may include software that filters at the content level. For example, it might filter pornographic content, or virus infected content. It might log activity and attempt to classify certain types of activity as "intrusive" or "abusive". It might produce reports based on the log. It might block users from accessing "unapproved" sites from within the network. It might classify some activity as an "attack" and try to block it. My question is what features have people found useful, and is the processing overhead worth it. Or is basic protection good enough? +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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