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Niles

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I am having a problem with my Netgear DG834G - every so often it drops the signal and says "local access only" on the connected laptops. It then has to be re-booted and works ok for a time.

The Netgear website suggests the problem could be down to a firewall conflict and that I should disable the firewalls on the laptops - a mixture of Comodo and PC Tools. Before I do this I would welcome any comments/advise on whether it could cause any problems with my security.

Any comments gratefully received.
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The Netgear website suggests the problem could be down to a firewall conflict and that I should disable the firewalls on the laptops - a mixture of Comodo and PC Tools. Before I do this I would welcome any comments/advise on whether it could cause any problems with my security.

i would disable the firewall in the router first and see if it solves the problem, most home routers don't have the most robust firewalls (though that's changing every day) you've probably got more control/configuration options on your software firewall than there are in the router.
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Thanks for the reply.

I thought hardware firewalls were supposed to be better but if the software ones will keep out the nasties I will give it a go.
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professional grade and enterprise level firewalls are better than software. mainly because of the configuration options that are available...not having the router you've got, i can't inspect it's settings but typically home routers' firewalls aren't the most configurable
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