Router/WinXP/Zone Alarm/ Fire Wall????

Posted on 2003-02-19
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Last Modified: 2013-12-14
Alrighty then, I have Cable/Broadband. I'm running on an Xp box(XP has a firewall built in if enabled)connected to a Belkin 4 port router which has a fire wall built in to it if enabled and I have ZoneAlarm Pro. How should I configure this. Uninstall Zone alarm and disable the XP fire wall and leave it up to the router to make me invisible..Whats the most efficient and best way to configure this. I think i just confused myself???Thanks...Mattymac
Question by:Mattymac1
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Expert Comment

ID: 7983107
I believe you are on the right track.  I would say you should disable Zone Alarm (which I eventually found to just become annoying) as well as the XP firewall.  I think you will find that in the future the XP firewall will limit you ability to do several functions.  Configuring the router as your firewall should be rather simple and provide quality protection.

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ID: 7991006
Definitly disable the xp firewall. Am on cable and have a netgear router with zonealarm installed. Zone alarm will pick up things that the hardware NAT firewall misses.

Author Comment

ID: 7995120
If i have zone alarm on . I should disable the Nat firewall. I don't want to have to many restrictions. I know the NAT fire wall restricts video/media streams..

Accepted Solution

millerksu earned 100 total points
ID: 7995967
The router will stop everything as long as you do not open anything up on it.  Anyone hitting your cable modem will only see the router, not your computer.  That is, unless you have passed ports on the router on to the IP of your PC.  You must keep in mind that the some of the Zone Alarm hits will be your programs trying to access the internet (your PC trying to get out), not always someone outside trying to get in.

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