My D-link router with 4 PCs and ZA free on all PCs.
Pro can take up a lot of resources.
I'm no networking genius. In fact, I only recently learned that there are routers with built-in firewalls. This makes me want to ask whether these hardware-based firewalls are generally as good as Zone Alarm Pro, let's say.
I've been using Zone Alarm on my PC, but I've been wondering a few things about it:
? Might it be slowing down my system?
? Would a router/firewall combo possibly be better?
? If I add additional systems to my home set-up, can they all benefit from the router-based firewall instead of running a firewall on each system?
? Generally speaking, is there anything substantially inadequate about router-based firewalls I should know about that might affect my interest in this possible solution?
In case it's relevant, I'm running the latest version of Zone Alarm Pro on a Dell 2.5 GHz desktop with 768 Mbytes of RAM running XP Pro w/SP2 and all patches.
By the way, my system runs fine, but I've wondered whether Zone Alarm is slowing me down and whether you folks feel the router-based firewalls are as good or better than Zone Alarm.
Thanks, folks, and have a good one.