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 your cable modem uses your telephone line to send data to the Internet, you can still
share your connection. But there are a few things you need to be aware
There are two types of "Telco return" cable modems. Let's
call them "Bundled" and "Unbundled"
(this is my terminology, not the cable modem manufacturers').
require you to use a modem in your PC
"Bundled" products either have the
dialup modem built into them or use an external dialup modem attached to
them, not the PC.
If you have a "Bundled" telco-return cable
modem, you can probably use any of the products or methods described in
this site. The cable modem will handle the data transparently to you
and make sure it goes out through the right connection. Examples of "Bundled"
modems are the Hybrid N-200 and N-201.
If you have an "Unbundled" telco-return cable
modem, then the following probably applies to you:
You won't be able to use a hardware router. There aren't any
products that handle the split routing that telco-return cable modems require.
(A hardware router, might work, if you're willing to start the telco-return dialup
connection manually and keep it alive, but I don't think this is a good solution.)
Not all sharing programs handle this kind of connection very well.
DEFINITELY FORGET trying to use the Wingate 2.1 version.
You might have luck with Microsoft's ICS, but then again,
you might not.
You may have to try a couple of different sharing programs to find one
that works with your particular modem.
Follow the Cable Modem path
on the site to set up your network and try either Sygate
or Ositis' WinProxyas your sharing
User Success Reports
Andrew Bielecki successfully uses a Linksys Router with
his 'One way' cable modem service from RCN. Cable modem is a Hybrid
Networks N-202X with an internal analog modem 56k dial up.
The new version of Sygate that has a "single
NIC" install option has been reported to work.
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