How to change from switch to firewall router when I upgrade from dial-up to cable?
Posted on 2006-04-18
I have peer-to-peer networking with 8 pc's hardwired (Cat5) to the server (a separate computer) via a switch with dial-up service. All pc's are running WinXP Pro SP2 and have up-to-date Norton Internet Security 2005. An HP laser printer is also connected via a cable outlet. We've just had Atlantic Broadband installed and I'm wondering the best set-up (in newbie terms) for these pc's in terms of security. I've read that a firewall router would probably be the best security. I'm not familiar with routers at all and was wondering which firewall router (gateway?) would be best and if I can use the same wiring that was run for the switch. Do I just take the cables from the switch and connect them to the router? Is there different programming that would have to be done? I was told that with a firewall router the server wouldn't have to be on in order to gain access to the internet. I would like the easiest and, hopefullly, most secure method. Thanks for your help!