I've just got broadband installed. I am having intermittent problems with connection to websites (although email is working fine) and read somewhere else on this site about ticking the box to enable outgoing DMS/DHCP in Zone Alarm. This seems to have sorted the problem in the meantime but I wonder what exactly I have done? I believe I could also have 'manually set my IP address' but am not sure how to do that. Any advice/comments welcome.
Is it a 'safer' option to manually set IP address? I can see thta Zone Alarm has blocked it several times this morning and I presume I can change the settings in some way? Advice and encouragement needed!
OK. There will be others here who are more knowledgable than me. I have read around the issue. (I have ZA also)
The answer seems to relate to the type of access you have to the internet with your ISP. DHCP is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Putting it simply if you ISP provides a dynamic ip address rather than fixed you will need to recognise that through the firewall. In effect allowing access permits the reading by the firewall of the new address and thereby provide your internet access.
anskyber Thanks. Looks like plenty of people have been similarly affected by the combination of broadband and zonealarm - safety in numbers I hope! I won't mark this as resolved yet just in case anyone has further input but many thanks for your help.