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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jarheadk5, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

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    Finally got my router set up - it's a Linksys Network Everywhere NR041 fed by my cable modem. Got a couple questions:
    1. I have ZoneAlarm running on my laptop from the pre-router days. Do I still need to run it with the router?
    2. Are there any settings I should change from the factory defaults? Stuff like DHCP and NAT, which I know nothing about...
    3. Now that the router is in, my WinMX doesn't work anymore. I have it configured for a secondary connection. Do I need to assign an open port in WinMX and in the router just for WinMX to use, or is there another way to get it working again?
     
  2. TX Mudder

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    1. No. The only time you might want to run a software firewall along with a hardware firewall would be if you wanted to filter OUTGOING traffic. For example, some pirated software tries to call home to verify if a CD key if legit or not. WIth a software firewall, you can stop that. Please note I am giving an example and not condoing piracy.
    2. I didn't have to change any of my defaults. My routewr is wireless so I had to change some of the deafults for the wireless part, but not anything else.
    3. Can't help with that one as I don't use winmx. I've never had a problem running any programs with the router. AFAIK the programs don't even know they are connecting through a router.
     
  3. MudFrog

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    3. I've never had trouble with my Winmx working with the router, I've always had to use a secondary port but you said yours is already like that. Perhaps try to detect the connection again?
     
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    You should be able to leave it at defaults, but as a personal preferene, I would change the settings on the router (match them on your machine) to enable wireless encryption (wep). If not, I'd recommend leaving the software firewall installed.

    I really recommend enabling encryption though. I've been in situations where I need a high speed connection quick while in the car, and have driven around until I found an unsecured (unencrypted) network and used their internet connection. If I were malicious minded, it would be just as easy to begin attacking any computer they have connected, or using thier internet connection to commit any crimes that I would not want traced back to my IP.
    Between you and I, there are a couple networks in my neighborhood I was able to start picking up when I got my vaio with the better wireless antenna...I was realllly tempted to send eerie pages to their printers (which I found right away) like "This paper is too cheap, you're totally messing up my rollers."

    I have no idea on the winmx thing...
     
  5. jarheadk5

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    To clarify - it's a hardwired router. I'm not ready for the wireless leap just yet...

    As for WinMX, I guess I'll just mess with it. I did get it to connect, but nothing worked. Searched for common stuff that normally gets hundreds of results (common band names, then finally porn /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif) and got NO results at all. I don't get it... /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     

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