Hi, Looking from some advice please.
I have a small home network (Linux and Windows) connected to NTL cable through a PC running Smoothwall. This works great but the Smoothwall hardware is becoming unreliable and I need to think about a replacement. Also, I would like to add wireless to my network. Options I am considering are:
- Build a replacement Smoothwall to replace the existing one and put a wireless access point on the network.
- Replace the Smoothwall with a wireless router. The Netgear WGT624 has been recommended to me but I'm open to suggestions.
The question I have is about the firewall capabilities of the Netgear (or similar) compared with Smoothwall. Would my network be as secure with the Netgear as with the Smoothwall? I only occasionally open up ports on the Smoothwall, the rest of the time it runs "as supplied". To be safe from the outside world with the Netgear, would I need firewalls on the machines on my network?
Thanks in advance.