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I'm considering opening up part of my network to the big bad world. I know that I need to open ports on my router and I know how to do this. Everywhere I read something about this it is made clear that this is done at your own risk but what sort of risks exactly? I assume this is the risk from hackers etc and that decent firewall/anti-virus software will prevent most of this. Is there more to it than that?

I have also read a little about setting up a DMZ to do this sort of thing. Is this overkill when what I want to do is make some files accessible from work and perhaps put a few pictures etc onto the web?

thanks

steve
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opening the dmz is not a good idea ... this will by pass the NAT Inbuilt router firewall ...

forwarding an indiviual port to a specific pc would be better
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Hi Steve,

You don't mention what your planing with your network to require you to forward ports? are you planing to host a mail server? web server? ftp?