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Thanks Bill,
As Ron Hill also noted, there is a degree of vulnerability to using any full
time connection. I am aware of this and had done sufficient research to find
BlackIce which is a software that sets up a firewall which prevents (reviews
claim very effectively) access from the outside.
I had already intended to purchase the software.

That is, until I read a post by Stan Caldwell which made me very concerned
about using DSL. It seems we need to investigate what we get for the $32.00
per month. As Stan pointed out:

1. The $32.50 or Bronze service provides a 768/128 service which may make
video conferencing difficult (although I have a need for a 30 frames per
second type of video using an inexpensive camera like the one Earthlink is
offering to their clients).
2. The service does not include an ISP partner - which means maintaining my
Earthlink account or paying an additional $20.00 per month for GTE's
3. To use the DSL line concurrently with the phone line costs an additional
$22.00 (+/-) per month

The cost rises considerably to about $75.00 per month on the low end and
%95.00 for good video.

On the other hand, it this really reduces our typical $150.00 plus long
distance bill each month, then it will be worth the cost (my parents, two
step-daughters and four grandchildren live in Chicago and my Son now in

Thanks again for the information,

-----Original Message-----
From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:wlpolhemus(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 6:27 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home

I have two PCs at home connected to a hub which is uplinked to a DSL
"modem". For about six weeks I was unwittingly vulnerable to prying eyes.

Then I checked out:

I followed the fairly straightforward guidelines and am now feeling pretty
secure. This guy can cheaply and quickly get you walled off from the net. I
spent $40 for BlackIce (although I may be moving to the freeware product he
touts on his page), rejiggered my network to where it is NETBEUI internally
only, and so far as I can tell everything's hunky-dory.

I urge anyone who is or will be going DSL or cable modem to check out this
site, and "probe your ports". Do it frequently (as he says he is constantly
updating the "fierceness" of his probing routines as new techniques come

FWIW, my little home site now registers STEALTH! according to his probe.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Hill [mailto:ronhill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 8:16 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home


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