Firewalls - confusion

  jeano 01:36 19 Jul 2007

Have recently decided to upgrade home PCs and purchased new desktop (running Windows XP Pro and installed with Norton Internet security 2007 [student version] connected to Netgear DG834GT modem plus laptop installed with Windows XP Home Media Centre using wireless coneection installed witn Norton Internet Security 2004. Cannot understand why bandwidth displayed on Desktop via taskbar icon is more often "not available", sometimes 5.0 mbs/sec (as per previous asdl modem with 8Mb service) or very often down to 2.2 Mbs/sec. Research suggests multiple firewalls could impact on service and Netgear manual suggests turning off all other firewalls.

#This is possible with Windows firewall on both PCs and on the laptop with Nortion 2004 but I can't find how to turn off anything with Norton 2007. Even if I did - is the netgear firewall robust enough. Have updated firmware to latest available. Advice please.

  Dragon_Heart 02:35 19 Jul 2007

Is the Netgear firewall robust enough ?

Based upon Netgear web site spec :-

"The built-in True Firewall features Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Denial of Service (DOS), which operate as your first line of attack against intruders. The DG834GT provides both WEP and WPA-PSK wireless encryption standards to protect your network from eavesdroppers and bandwidth pinchers! Content filtering lets you control access to inappropriate web sites and limit usage by time of day. To be ultimately secure you can limit access to designated computers using their unique ID, called a MAC address. "

I would say YES !

To adjust Norton 2007 Firewall settings try 'Internet Worm protection' under the Virus and Spyware Protection Options page.

  captivetrill 03:00 19 Jul 2007

If you want to turn of NIS 2007 firewall,open Norton Protection Centre, click on Norton Internet Security tab,click settings, then
Personal Firewall, then the turn off button,
hope this helps...

  anskyber 08:49 19 Jul 2007

An interesting article on hardware and software firewalls, both have their place is the conclusion. click here

  jeano 20:45 20 Jul 2007

Thanks anskyber et al. Have read article and have decided to stick with both hardware and software firewalls at the moment.

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