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Old 11-09-2004, 08:09 PM   #1
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wired & wireless different subnets


I'm buying a laptop (for the gf) w/ winXP. The gf's 15 year old son also has an XP desktop that is more or less permanently infected. They have a cable modem for internet. I also intend to buy a wireless router. My ultimate goal is to get the gf connected via wifi and have the 15 yr old's desktop on the internet as well but I do not under any circumstances want either XP box to be able to acess the other. My idea is this:

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                        |--------------------> Wifi --> gf's laptop 
modem --> wired router--|--> desktop
Basically I'll put the wired router behind the modem and connect the desktop directly to the wired router. The wifi will also be behind the wired router w/ only the gf's laptop on the wifi. Of course each will have different subnets and hopefully the desktop cannot infect the laptop. Is there a better and/or easier way to do this? Perhaps a Linux router would be a better idea but that really isn't an option in this scenario.

I'd like to hear any suggestions or ideas on how to best do this. Thanks.
 
Old 11-09-2004, 10:58 PM   #2
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Why not get a combo router that does wired & wireless. I bought a DLink DI-524 Plus Air G, 4-port switch plus 802.11g WAP. The only thing it doesn't have is a print server.

As for keeping out the kids computer, just don't enable filesharing on the XP. Or download Zonealarm and put the kids computer in an "untrusted" zone.
 
Old 11-10-2004, 07:45 AM   #3
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Why not get a combo router that does wired & wireless. I bought a DLink DI-524 Plus Air G, 4-port switch plus 802.11g WAP. The only thing it doesn't have is a print server.

As for keeping out the kids computer, just don't enable filesharing on the XP. Or download Zonealarm and put the kids computer in an "untrusted" zone.
Well thanks for the response but using zone alarm means I have to keep it updated. Also XP is so completely insecure that I don't trust any settings on a windows box to provide any level of security at all. It's been proven time and time again that you cannot trust M$ to make anything secure. I refuse to have both boxes on the same subnet.
 
  


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