|The router you bought should have firewall capability built into it. What more security did you need? If you need to secure each PC in your home network from the others then enable and use the builtin Windows firewalls in them.|
I'm hoping you used WPA-2 encryption and a strong password on your wireless network. You can be more restrictive with your wireless network. Just look through the settings and the manual for more info on what you can do and how to do it.
Having never run into "cisco network magic" before I had to have a quick look. Oh yay, Cisco is reinventing the wheel!
Listen, everything that software does, Windows already does.
Here's what the page I landed on lists as capabilities of cisco network magic:
- Easily add new computers, printers and devices to your network
Hmmm.......enable DHCP on your router and set any new clients to get their TCP/IP information automatically (DHCP) and all you have to do is plug that PC in to the network and Voila! it's joined. With a network printer, you're best off to statically assign the IP address since you don't want that to change.
- Share printers and files among computers in your network running different versions of Windows
Uhhhh gee....Windows already does that. A quick google of "sharing files on windows" will yield more than enough information and tutorials on doing so. It's the exact same process on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7
- Monitor and repair your network
This is kind of moot in a small home environment. What do you need to monitor?
- Protect against wireless network intruders
See what I said above about encryption and a strong password. Trust me, I do this for a living, cisco's crappy software can't do any better of a job than that.
On a side note, is the router cisco made that you bought so crappy that you also need to run this software? If they (cisco) are any good at building the device, the software is not necessary..........think about it........lol
- View your entire network on the network map
Big deal. I can view my entire home network in my head I don't need software. It's not like where I work and there are hundreds upon hundreds of pieces (ie: network appliances, computers, printers) where a physical map is a handy thing.
All in all.........this is a cash grab.......something Cisco is famous for.
You don't need it.
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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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