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aaskl

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    « on: May 12, 2010, 08:53:16 AM »
    hi all,

    My question is, does using a router mean it is more safe to use the internet and download things?

    Reason is I currently have a wireless router, DI-524UP. However, the wireless seems to be not working as there are constant drop outs (meaning I can't even access the route setup page unless i reconnect). So I used the LAN cable. Now there are even drop outs using the cable (so i have to pull it out and put it back in). It became so annoying that I just directly plugged my cable into the wall socket and it works perfectly fine!

    Now my question is, is directly plugging it into the wall unsafe? I have mcafee antivirus and firewall on my computer and my computer is the only computer in the house.

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    Re: router
    « Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 09:27:13 AM »
    Nope - It is perfectly safe to use your connection without a router.  Just be sure to keep your Firewall and Antivirus up to date and running.

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      « Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 08:39:14 PM »
      well that's nice to know.

      Cause i've heard that if i directly connect my computer to the internet, that exposes my computer via the IP address for attack. But if I have the router, then attackers can only get to the router but can't enter my local network.

      Is that true? or am i missing bits and pieces of that argument?

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      « Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 02:06:08 AM »
      Yeh - It does remove an extra bit of protection but if you have a firewall and turn off file and printer sharing then you should be fine.  You can also look into a new router - They are really cheap now.

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        « Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 08:15:23 PM »
        yeah, probably will get a new router.

        How do I turn off file and printer sharing?

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          Re: router
          « Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 08:38:16 AM »
          Plugging directly into the wall?

          What type of cable is it?  Are you at a University or something?

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            « Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010, 12:00:07 AM »
            Thanks Camerongray

            Sid: Its just an ethernet cable.

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            « Reply #8 on: May 18, 2010, 02:06:25 AM »
            Sid: Its just an ethernet cable.

            it's probably connected to either a router or a modem somewhere in there.
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