Firewalls don't always have to reside on your comupter. If you have a broadband cable or dsl connection, that you wish to share with others at home or work and would also like to add some protection - a hardware firewall/router can be the answer for you. These appliances allow you to share one Internet connection amongst several networked computers and provide security from attacks by hackers. Such solutions are available in regular wireline LANs and the newer wireless 802.11b (Wi-fi) standard. Here are a couple of Cable/DSL routers that can handle most small office/home computing needs.
Netgear Wireless Router ReviewNetgear WGR614 Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Router
NETGEAR's Cable/DSL 54 Mbps Wireless Router lets you experience the blazing-fast network wireless speeds of 54 Mbps up to five times faster than the popular 802.11b wireless network. These higher speeds make it a snap to web surf, download large files, videoconference, stream high-quality digital movies, MP3 music and photos and play online games. This wireless router also works with 802.11b wireless products so you can use it with your existing 802.11b devices and your new 54 Mbps (802.11g*) devices. Auto-sensing chooses the fastest connections possible on your 10/100 Mbps wide area network and four local area network ports. True Firewall (SPI) advanced security provides maximum protection from professional hackers. URL blocking and e-mail alerts provide parents with controls to limit access to inappropriate web sites and monitor children's access. Simple to install, you just follow the cues shown on your PC screen and your router will be up and running in no time. Smart Wizard auto-detects and configures for the best ISP connection, while UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) makes it easy to use your computers, gaming consoles and other client devices--wireless and Ethernet--for gaming, instant messaging, and other applications.
D-Link Wireless Router ReviewD-Link DI-624 AirPlus Xtreme G Wireless Router
The D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G series of high-speed devices capable of transfer rates up to 54Mbps. And with the new AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 4-Port Wireless Router, D-Link once again sets a new standard for wireless broadband routers. The DI-624 features the very latest in advanced wireless silicon chip technology including enhanced security to shield and protect your wireless communication from intruders. It also includes D-Link’s own robust firewall security features. This product is ideal for those creating their first wireless network, as well as for more advanced users looking for additional management settings and policy-based content filtering. Filters can be set based on MAC address, IP address, URL and/or Domain Name. A simple yet intelligent, web-based setup wizard makes the DI-624 easy for any user to quickly and securely connect computers to share a high-speed Internet connection, files, resources, games or just to communicate. An integrated 4-port switch allows direct connection of up to four computers.
Linksys Firewall Router ReviewLinksys BEFSX41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4 port 10/100 Switch
The Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast cable/DSL firewall router with 4-port switch/VPN endpoint is the perfect solution for connecting a small group of PCs to a high-speed broadband Internet connection or a 10/100 Ethernet backbone. The router can be configured to limit internal users' Internet access based on URLs and/or time periods (URL filtering and time filtering). For enhanced protection against intruders from the Internet, the router features an advanced SPI firewall. Use the cable/DSL firewall router with 4-port switch/VPN endpoint to create IPSec VPN tunnels, so you can securely connect to the corporate server from your home office--or from any location, when you're on the road. The router provides a dedicated port for DMZ hosting and acts as the only externally recognized Internet gateway on your LAN. With the performance and security features of the Linksys cable/DSL firewall router with 4-port switch/VPN endpoint, your network will take advantage of the Internet while keeping its data secure.
Netgear Firewall Router ReviewNetgear FR114P Firewall Cable/DSL Router with Print Server
The Netgear FR11P ProSafe firewall/print server is a true, broadband-capable firewall that provides you with the utmost in business-class security--Denial of Service protection and intrusion detection using Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), URL access and content filtering, logging, reporting, and real-time alerts. VPN pass-through maximizes network security with access control and encryption. And a built-in print server removes the bottleneck of a dedicated PC print server and supports multiple print jobs simultaneously. With four auto sensing, switched LAN ports and Network Address Translation (NAT) routing, up to 253 users can access your broadband connection at the same time. There's even a 100 Mbps WAN port for future high-speed broadband services. Smart Wizard and Install Assistant get your network up and running in minutes, and a complete antivirus software bundle is included at no extra cost to shield your network with additional protection.