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Firewalls and home networking.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by musiclover, Apr 19, 2008.

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  1. musiclover

    musiclover Thread Starter

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    All, I am using Sygate firewall, though reading around here this may not be the best choice. Having a lot of problems sharing printers, and directories on the network. Also, can't figure out how to get Ultra VNC working to let me get into the machine in my office from the one upstairs..

    Are these activities easy to allow with other firewalls, or am I missing something with my current one...???
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Any firewall has to be configured to open the ports for various services like file/print sharing, VNC, etc.
     
  3. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    If you are trying to do the things you've listed within your internal private network, the firewall has nothing to do with this other than if you have all devices plugged into the switch ports of the firewall purely for connectivity.

    The only time a firewall will affect local/same subnet traffic is if it's configured as a transparent firewall.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I think he's talking about a software firewall, and your information is incorrect. http://sygate.com/
     
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    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    I don't deal much with software firewalls unless it's Linux and IPTables. So yes, my information is incorrect being that you're saying Sygate is a software firewall.

    My information is correct when it relates to hardware firewalls which was my assumption.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Right, you are correct about hardware firewalls. I suspected that you weren't thinking "small" like most home users. :D
     
  7. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Yeah, you got that right. I keep having to ground myself. Not trying to be elitist. I just need to recalibrate myself when I'm answering questions on this forum. It's my bad on that. :D

    It also doesn't help that when I come home and mess with my home network it's also not your typical home user network either. ;)
     
  8. JohnWill

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    As I have observed in other threads. ;)
     
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