I have recently set up a home network comprising a desktop and laptop, both running windows XP pro SP3, and a Netgear router WGR614v6. My internet service is via external cable modem.
The desktop has a network card but no wireless, the laptop has wireless.
My pc is currently set up with only a single administrator account with no password, to save time from startup to desktop. I am the only user.
Simple file sharing is enabled in Windows Explorer >“Folder Options”
My intent is for my two computers to be able to see each other and interchange files and folders from “my documents
My questions are:
I have been told my router does not support WPA2-AES. Can you tell me which section of my network is vulnerable by having to use WPA-PSK, which it does support? For example what part of my network can a hacker see by hacking my wireless network?
Can they see along the ethernet connection to my desktop pc via the router? And what difference would it make if the Windows Firewall was completely disabled? Is this advisable?
I have got the impression from some information on the web that a router is a firewall in itself and so a software firewall should not be needed.
I would like to use “Zone Alarm” but I do not understand whether there is any point to this now, if the router is acting as a firewall, and the wireless network can be hacked anyway. Can you tell me any more about this?