Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.
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If you'd rather set up sharing using a Mac as your Sharing
computer, your options are fairly limited. Just see the information
On the other hand, if you want to have Macs as Sharing Clients,
you can do that with pretty much any Sharing method. Just set your
Mac's TCP/IP properties according to the instructions that come with whatever
Sharing method you use. There are also some helpful
Using a Mac as the Sharing Computer
There are really only two companies who offer products that will allow
you Mac to share an Internet connection, Vicomsoft
Before you start, better check that
Has at least 32MB of memory (64MB if you
are running MacOS8.X)
Is running Open Transport (this means that your OS version
is at least 7.5.3)
If your Mac doesn't meet one or more of the above checklist
items, then consider using a hardware router. For more info, check
the Router Product Guide
See this page for more info on Vicomsoft's
extensive product line (which now also includes Windows versions of its
Sustainable Softworks' only product is the IPNetRouter.
The documentation is harder to understand than Vicomsoft's and
it's a much smaller company, but the price is lower ($89 for
"a single gateway machine" with unlimited clients allowed) if
you have more than two computers that need to be shared.. If you are part
of an educational organization (people with a .edu or .k12 email address)
the price is 50% less, about $45.
This site also has some FAQs,
but there isn't much cable modem detail.