View Full Version : XP Firewall Query

15-08-2003, 11:46 AM
I have three computers networked and connected to a router (one with XP Prof, one with XP Home and one with Win98) for Jetstream.

My questions are should I activate XP's built in firewall as well? If so, where are the settings and how do I go about it? Do both Prof and Home have firewalls, and would I need to activate firewalls in both computers or just the one? I have applied the MS03-026 patch on both XP machines.

Oxie (Lyn)

15-08-2003, 12:29 PM
Does your router use NAT (Network Address Translation)?
If so you are reasonably well "hidden" from anyone trying to gain access, but it costs nothing to activate it.

I am similarly configured here, 4 PCs and a printer behind an ADSL router and I don't use the XP firewall as it periodically (and unexplainably) starts blocking network printer traffic.

15-08-2003, 12:54 PM

Thanks for that. Yes, I have a DSL-504 D-Link Router that uses NAT. Unless others advise to activate XP's firewall I will take your advice and leave it unactivated - I don't want to experience problems with the network/printer traffic.

Oxie (Lyn)

15-08-2003, 08:55 PM
your nat will be ok stopping a lot of incoming but you have nothing stopping anything outgoing. i suggest installing a decent software firewall.

15-08-2003, 09:25 PM
Do not turn on XP Pro ICF (Internet Connection Firewall) as it impedes of your ability to contact other network machines.

The advice I got was to install the patch and to buy a router with an inbuilt firewall.

I have XP Pro and Windows 98 SE on a LAN.

I trust this helps.

Tom Cranney

15-08-2003, 10:31 PM
I've had trouble with the XP firewall with some of the applications that I like to run. Not that I have tried to tweak it at all. I'm on dialup.

16-08-2003, 10:34 AM
Thanks for your comments. So far I have left the XP firewall off and the router combined with the patch seem to be doing their job.

Is anyone else using a router with NAT and have the XP firewall enabled? If so, could you please advise whether there are problems with it or if you are pleased with the results.