• Subject: Re: DSL Firewall Question
  • From: Scott Klement <klemscot@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 15:57:28 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 12 Jan 2001, Nathan M. Andelin wrote:

> 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.

Unless, of course, your PC actually *IS* your router (as it is in my case)
I realize that this doesnt occur to most people since they run an
irritating OS like Windows that doesn't do useful things like routing.

At any rate, my firewall is also command-line.   I actually prefer command
line interfaces...  GUI is for users, not admins or programmers. :)

When you think about what a router really is, you start realizing that its
really just a computer with a stripped down operating system and
software aimed at only doing a specific thing...

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