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Chapter 13. Securing Your Home Network > Firewall Configuration: WinRoute

Firewall Configuration: WinRoute

To set up a robust home network environment, you will need a robust firewall. Most of the firewalls we detailed earlier in the book are meant to protect a single computer and not to defend an entire network. A firewall does more than just defend the network; it allows functionality and routing when it is configured properly. WinRoute is a great example of a small personal firewall that can be used to design your home network. We will use WinRoute to configure our network and set up our filtering rules. Although we cannot cover every possible firewall available to you, most firewalls that can be used to design a network and defend more than just one computer work on the same principles, which you should be familiar with by the end of this chapter.

As we have already mentioned, WinRoute can be used as a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. DHCP assigns an IP address automatically to any computer in the internal network that requests an address from the pool of addresses defined by the DHCP server. The DHCP server assigns the netmask, default gateway, and DNS server as part of the configuration of the requesting computer. The benefit of using DHCP is that you can set up the configuration in place. All other computers are then automatically configured with the correct IP address information to allow them to route traffic to and from the Internet. The information can be set for a specific period of time, the lease time, such as a day, month, or year. Using a DHCP server, no two computers are assigned the same address; therefore, no conflict is created as is possible with manual configuration.


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