firewall on my router??

July 27, 2007 at 08:03:32
Specs: vista, 2gb
is there any way for me to check if i have a firewall on my router? i'm clueless!!!

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July 27, 2007 at 08:33:33
It would help if you'd list the make/model of your router, but I believe that almost all routers act as a hardware firewall. You still need a software firewall though.

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July 27, 2007 at 08:50:28
Most fairly recent routers have a built in "hardware" firewall - it is usually set to some settings by default, and you can add more firewall settings if you like.
You type in a specific URL address (e.g. ; yours may be different) in your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) to access the configuration utility for/inside the router, supply a user name and password, and you can then see what settings it and it's firewall has.
The URL you need to use, and the default user name and password, is in the manual for the router - a printed one, and/or on the CD that came with it, and/or available on the manufacturer's web site for your model.
If you still don't "get it", we need the make and model of the router.

If you just want to find out if the default router firewall settings are there and working, disable the Windows Firewall or other software firewall you have running, and go here and run this test:

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July 27, 2007 at 09:30:39
If your router is a wireless unit then of course you may be shielded from the internet, but not from your neighbor, if you don't set things up properly.

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July 27, 2007 at 15:55:43

thanks.. i will try those suggestions!
i have a
D-Link Wireless Router

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July 27, 2007 at 21:43:44
That's not the model number - that only tells us it's a wireless g router. If it's that recent it definately has a firewall.

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July 28, 2007 at 08:09:51

ooops... sorry 'bout that.
Model number is DI-524

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July 28, 2007 at 08:49:49

Support here:

It has a built in "hardware" firewall that is set to some default settings, plus it also has additional advanced firewall settings if you want to use them.

Manual here, which one according to the revision on the sticker on the router:
If you need more specific help or information, we need to know which revision you have so that we know which manual to look at.

You'll find the URL (, and the default user name and password you need to access the router's configuration pages in that.
Note that the password, and possibly the user name, is probably case specfic - e.g. if the manual says type: admin, ADMIN or any mix of lower and upper case characters may not work.

There may be a limited number of times you can try a password, or possibly a user name - e.g. three - then you may not be allowed to try anymore - you may get a message along those lines, or no message but further attempts just won't work, even if they are correct, because they are ignored by the router's software. You may need to close your browser, or go somewhere else on the web in your browser, then try again.

To exit looking at the configuration pages, simply close your browser, or go somewhere else on the web in your browser.

If the router has a custom user name and/or password that someone has installed, you won't be able to access the router's configuration if you don't know it/them - in that case you can follow the instructions to reset the router to defaults, then the default user name and password will work.
If that's your case and you don't want to set or reset anything from the way it is now (there likely are custom wireless related settings you wouldn't want set to defaults, e.g. a WEP encryption key that XP SP2 requires would be erased), you can find out if the hardware firewall is working as is by following the instructions in the last paragraph of response 2.

Note that some browser add-ons (e.g. some Google ones) will automatically add www to the beginning of the url after you type it - you don't want that and you won't be able to get into the router's configuration if something does that - if you can't get it to not add www, you must disable the browser add-on.

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July 28, 2007 at 09:15:34

thanks so much for the great information!!! i'll use that website as i dont' have a clue where my manual is anymore!!! ; )
thanks again!!!!!

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July 28, 2007 at 09:16:57
Download the manual and save to disk.

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