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Do I need external firewall w/ cable highspeed non wireless?

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We are considering cable high speed, I thought I needed a router/ external firewall even if it isnt wireless connected?

Someone told me not ness?

Thanks!! :) Im runing xp on a year old 1.8 gig pc. I have internal software security suite.

Edited by rowboat, 27 April 2008 - 06:23 PM.

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Whether wireless or not is irrelevant as regards firewalls. You need a "software" firewall installed on every PC which is connected to the internet, however it's connected. Hardware firewalls, however, are usually built into routers and add an extra level of protection should the software firewall fail to load or get disabled by a malicious program. Should you not be using a router however, (just a cable modem) a good software firewall kept up to date is the only one you need. And by "good" I don't mean the one built in to Windows XP -- it only monitors data in one direction, which is not good enough for meaningful security.
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