Hardware Firewall

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by radiogoober, May 23, 2012.

  1. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hi all!

    Does anybody have an opinion on hardware firewalls? I've been doing some reading on them lately, and it seems for personal, non-business use that it's mainly *nix geeks that use them. I would like that extra feeling of protection, but I'm not sure how it would integrate in my network.

    It seems like many of them also double as routers. Would it be possible to just "pass through" the firewall, and then hook it up to the WAN outlet of my Airport and everything on the airport would be as normal? The only issue I could see with this is that I wouldn't be able to access the firewall if I needed to change settings, which ... I really wouldn't want to have to mess with anyways.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Many, if not most routers come with a built-in firewall. Also, software firewall in Mac OS X is very effective.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Then you don't need one.
  4. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Yes, but your Airport is already acting as a hardware firewall, so it's kind of unnecessary

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