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Is it safe?

home99
Grafter
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Is it safe?

to turn off all software firewalls when using a hardware firewall, ie netgear 834G.

I have a desktop hardwired to the router and a laptop connected via a wireless connection. The only way I can access file sharing is by turning off all software firewalls.

I have to admit I fell quite unsure about this.

Anyone care to comment?
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Is it safe?

The obvious first question is which firewall are you using as this shouldn't stop file sharing on the network
The other thing to check is whether the XP firewall is enabled as well as the software firewall as this can cause problems.
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Is it safe?

You should use both hardware and router/hardware based firewalls.

A router firewall protect you from incoming connection attempts but allows outgoing through without restriction. Software firewalls can protect both outgoing and incoming connection attempts but it's the outgoing protection that you need to be running it for.

In order to get P2P running you may need to configure your P2P app's port, your software firewall and most likely configure port forwarding on your router firewall to direct all P2P incoming connection attempts to thr PC running your P2P client.
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I see a little confusion here. Is the problem P2P or File and Printer sharing on the local network. I assumed the latter.
home99
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Is it safe?

The firewall being used on both is Zonealarm (free version). I am not using XP firewall.

It is file sharing I am having a problem with. Only when I turn off both of the software firewalls can I see the networked folders.
Community Veteran
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You need to add the IP address of the other PC in the trusted zone of ZoneAlarm before you can see the other PCs shared folders. I.e. PC1 has PC2s IP in ZA trusted zone and PC2 has PC1s IP address in it's ZA trusted zone.
home99
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Is it safe?

Cheers Peter,

Am i correct in assuming that the IP addresses will remain the same?

Also how do I find out each IP address?

Apologies for the ignorance!
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If you go into the router setup and select attached devices it should give you all the info you need
home99
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Is it safe?

Thanks everyone it appears to be sorted - I appreciate it Smiley