Do I need Leopard's firewall with the Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mchank, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. mchank macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2006
    Does the Airport Extreme have its own hardware firewall? If I have the Airport Extreme, do I still need to turn on the Leopard firewall under System Preferences/Security?
  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Leopard's firewall is pretty gash anyway to be honest. Airport Extreme will block out all ports not being used.

    However, I have Leopard's on so I know what app's want to use the internet and whether to block them or not.
  3. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    If you really want to know what apps are calling out you need something like Snitch (which is excellent). The build-in firewall is not enough. It blocks incoming connections, not outgoing.

    And to answer the OP questions. Yes, leave the firewall turned on. You don't want to forget you don't have it if how you connect to the internet changes. If it's a laptop that you go out with, definitely leave it on (and get Snitch as well).
  4. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    I tried out Little Snitch and found it more annoying than anything. Unless you're concerned about something phoning home.

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