1. ...but in order gain the extra wireless speed from that router, you'll also need an ethernet card which supports gigabit speeds.. So in answer to your first question, since almost all routers currently support 10/100 speed, you'll need to check the ability of the ethernet card to know whether the speed of the router is appropriate.
2. On most wireless enabled routers, if you're not going to use the wireless ability, you should have the ability to disable it entirely.. Disabling the wireless ability is a more secure way of addressing the problem.. Think of a hacker accessing your wireless system and using it to download porn, etc.. Although you might not have a major security risk to your personally "wired" computer, the police would still come visiting you as the culprit.
3. Configuring your router correctly is still needed.. Configuring it incorrectly, as I've shown in question number 2, can create vulnerabilities also.
Hope this helps.
I would like to buy a router to add a hardware firewall to my PC and have a number of questions that I haven't been able to find answers to from googling. Could someone help me please?
I only have one PC and I am only going to have wired connection (cable modem). I am running Vista.
1) Is it true that I don't need to worry about the speed of the router because I am not using any wireless connection?
2) Since I am only using wired connection, is it true that even if someone hacks into my wireless network they won't be able to pick up anything I transfer?
3) I am also using a software firewall (Windows firewall from Vista). I heard that a hardware firewall just adds extra security to my system. Is it true that, even if I configure my router incorrectly, I won't be introducing additional vulnerability to my existing system?
Thanks so much in advance.