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Solved: What's is a router for a computer?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by chuck-HD, Jul 30, 2006.

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  1. chuck-HD

    chuck-HD Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    Can someone tell me what a router is, it's purpose, and should people use them or can you go without it?
    chuck.:confused:
     
  2. kilowatt1

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    :) Hello chuck.

    Simply put, a router is a hardwire device that takes an existing internet connection and splits or routes it to individual computers on a network. In other words, a router allows you to share a single internet connection (primarily high speed (dsl, cable, etc)) with other computers.

    Hope this helps.

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  3. chuck-HD

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    Hi Kilowatt,
    It helps quite a bit. I get port scans every once in a while. My
    firewall takes care of them. Someone told me a router would
    eliminate my ports being scanned. I just wondered if it was true.
    chuck.
     
  4. flavallee

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    Ever since I installed a Linksys BEFSR41 wired router so I can share my cable connection with my 3 computers, I don't recall my third-party firewall warning me about a port scan or attack. This used to occur almost daily before I installed the router.

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  5. chuck-HD

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    Hi,
    The port scans i get are only every so often. The firewall does it's job pretty good. I only have one computer. Would it still pay to install one? chuck.
     
  6. flavallee

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    For a single computer, don't bother.

    For 2 or more computers sharing a high-speed connection, definitely do it.

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  7. chuck-HD

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    Thanks, I appreciate it.
    chuck.
     
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