How Do I Turn This Thing Off?

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Just got Verizon DSL and installed it yesterday.

But my one question -- what's the best way to disable/disconnect/turn-off
the connection when not in use or while out of the house?? Some
alternatives might be:

Turn the PC off - obviously not my first choice

Physically unplug the DLS cable from the modem
Turn off the power to the modem
       Don't like these because the DSL modem is also acting as
        our in-house router.

Go into ControlPanel and Disable the Connection -- seems
        kinda cludgy.

There must be a software interface I can put on the desktop
to enable and disable the connection??

chuck

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Just a tad paranoid, are we?  ;-)

Since you are behind a router, it probably isn't necessary but if you
MUST..........

1) Unused for 4 hours or more, shut it off.
2) Unplug the Ethernet cable from PC to modem (obviously not an option if
wireless)
3) Put it in "sleep" or "stand-by" mode with "wake on LAN" OFF.



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Why do you think you need or want to do this?  [Many DSL modems have a
'standby' switch on top, which one do you have?]

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How many computers do you have connected to the modem, and what kind
of modem/router do you have?

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And only works on that one computer.  [If 'show me the icon when
connected' is checked, you can right-click on the icon and
enable/disable it.

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Sure, on any one computer you can have a DOS prompt that does a
'ipconfig/release' and 'ipconfig/renew', but that takes down your LAN
as well.

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William P.N. Smith wrote:
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It's a Westell VersaLink Model 327W.

It acts as both an in-house wired router for the 3 PCs in the house,
and it acts as the DSL gateway.

Problem is, if I unplug the power or disable the interface I lose not
only the DSL but the in-house network.

I can unplug the DSL cable from the wall or DSL box, but I give that
about 10 unplug/replug cycles before the cable end snaps.

Anybody make a phone-cord on/off switch??

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This is your best bet. I won't "snap". If it does, who cares? Buy a spare,
they're ultra cheap.

-Frank



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Radio shack has a selector switch that you can use backwards...

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William P.N. Smith wrote:
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Aha! Off to Shack. Thanks fer the info.

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I don't have dsl but I have an eTrust firewall that has a "Stop All Internet
Activity" switch.  That should do it.  I think Zonealarm has the same switch
as well.






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JB wrote:

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So far the simplest method has been to put a shortcut to the
LAN network connection on the desktop. Click to enable; click
to disable. Gotta enable to use the LAN and/or the DSL, but
it's not mechanical so there's no cheap asian plastic to
snap off.

thanks all

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JB wrote:
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Ah well, back again. Turns out that disabling the DSL connection on
one computer does not disable it on the others. I suppose the same
is true of disabling internet activity at the firwall -- works only
for the computer running that instance of the firewall.

Still looking for an easy, safe, mechanically sound way to disconnect
my entire home net from the internet when we are not actually using
the net.

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I'm a bit confused by your use of "disable DSL" and "firewall" above,
but how did the switch from Radio Shack idea work out?

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If you have a router with the computers set up for NAT and no one using
the DMZ, the outside can never get "in" past your router. This is why a
router is listed as a requirement by most of us. Only traffic initiated
by one of your computers can get back to it. If you want more than this,
you need to stop looking over you shoulder so much.


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keyboard and composed:

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My D-Link modem has a Connect/Disconnect page in its browser
interface.

- Franc Zabkar
--
Please remove one 'i' from my address when replying by email.

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Your taking the wrong approach. What you want is to be in a Stealth
mode, invisible to everybody, so your computer will look like it
doesnt even exist on the Internet.

Configure your router not to respond to pings.

Test your computer ports vulnerable at "ShieldsUp"
http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2


Results of a port scan of my computer

Your system has achieved a perfect "TruStealth" rating. Not a single
packet solicited or otherwise was received from your system as a
result of our security probing tests. Your system ignored and refused
to reply to repeated Pings (ICMP Echo Requests). From the standpoint
of the passing probes of any hacker, this machine does not exist on
the Internet. Some questionable personal security systems expose their
users by attempting to "counter-probe the prober", thus revealing
themselves. But your system wisely remained silent in every way. Very
nice.



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Go to http://192.168.1.1/ and see if there is a disconnect button.



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