I have a low-end Netgear router and after 5 or 6 hours of working fine, it will lose the connection and needs to be rebooted. Support said they router's built-in firewall and anti-virus was conflicting with my firewall and McAfee and to disable it. Once I disabled my firewall and McAfee, the router has been working fine. But, I'm not convinced I'm protected against attacks and viruses anymore. Do routers really have virus and firewall protection?
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posted: Oct. 25, 2007 @ 7:57a
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posted: Oct. 25, 2007 @ 8:51a
What's the model?
All routers, if using NAT, are by nature a firewall. It's a rare router that has AV in it though, and if yours truly is low end, then I highly doubt it.
Why not try turning your AV back on, but not the firewall? I don't know why your software firewall would conflict anyway though - I always recommend having both hardware and software firewalls running.
posted: Oct. 25, 2007 @ 9:00a
More likely McAfee is the root of your problem. It's total trash.
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posted: Oct. 25, 2007 @ 9:30a
While I agree about McAfee, I've had lots of issues with Netgear routers, so I wouldn't be surprised if the router is bad.
Be vewy vewy quiet
posted: Oct. 25, 2007 @ 1:40p
Yes. Sounds to me like the router is bad.
As for the router, it has a inbound firewall capability
It does not have 1. outbound firewall capability 2. virus protection software
McAfee is crap though. Switch to one of the free AV and firewall products
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