Re: Do I really need firewall? A newbie's question
From: Demon77 (demon.rebel77_at_gmail.com)
Date: 30 Apr 2005 22:06:23 -0700
The ip address scheme that you selected with the 19.168.x.x will make
it so your internal machines (depending on how you've set them up) can
communicate between themselves, do they have firewalls on them?
Or are you just asking if you have the individual computers set up with
their own firewalls and you have the major ports blocked for the IPs
you have assigned to your computers why would there be a reason to put
another potential issue/problem in getting data in and out of your home
I think that if you have ports open and non-firewalled computers then
it probably wouldnt hurt to terribly much to have the routers added
security on your home network. I personally try to stay away from most
router firewalls (on routers that I can afford lol) because it can lead
to problems with blocking programs randomly... not to mention having to
log into your router every time you want to change something or to see
if something has been blocked, instead of being alerted by a little
popbox (which gets REALLY annoying when your playing a game and it
pulls you out of it).
I think this leads back to the age-old debate of which is better -
having a software firewall vs blocking all your uneeded ports and
controlling access to your computer.
I like a mix of both, balance is good... especially when it leads to
Hope this was of some assistance.