Absolute Beginner's Guide to Personal Firewalls (Absolute by Jerry Lee Ford Jr.

By Jerry Lee Ford Jr.

Absolutely the Beginner's advisor to non-public Firewalls is designed to supply simplified, but thorough firewall details at the such a lot known own firewall software program purposes to be had for the non specialist firewall patron. moreover, it deals details and hyperlinks to websites to help you try your defense after your individual firewall is put in.

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However, if you live in an area where both options are available, you need to know enough about the strengths and weaknesses of these two technologies to be able to make an informed decision when choosing between them. Cable for example, does not have any distance restrictions, whereas you typically must reside within three miles of one of the telephone company’s central offices to receive DSL service. Unlike cable, the further away your DSL connection is from a central office the slower it will be.

You can usually find CableLabs-certified modems at your local computer store. Features Both cable and DSL modems support the same basic set of features. Their primary difference is that cable modems have a connection for a coax cable, whereas DSL modems use a standard telephone connection. 1 shows the Toshiba PCX1100 cable modem. 1 A front view of the Toshiba PCX1100 cable modem. Power Cable PC Data Test CHAPTER 2 HIGH-SPEED INTERNET CONNECTIONS EQUAL INCREASED VULNERABILITY 29 This particular device is representative of a typical high-speed connection modem.

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