Any advantage to a secure NIC?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by XPletive, Jan 31, 2003.

  1. XPletive

    XPletive bbbb-ring...

    I'm jumping headfirst into the broadband waters.
    I ordered cable access and I'm searching for a decent
    NIC. I notice that 3COM sells a secure NIC, are there
    any advantages to it? It's $90, so that's a definite

    Also, if you have any comments, or suggestions
    to make my transition easier, they will be appreciated.
  2. lurker2100

    lurker2100 Guest

    If you're just a typical home user, I doubt that this card would really be worth the extra money. However at Tom's hardware, they did a review of the card and mentioned that 3Com was working on integrating a firewall right onto the card.
    Of course that article was written back in August 02 and I didn't see anything on 3Com's site about an integrated firewall.
  3. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    I have a secure NIC, its locked in my safe. Very Secure.

    No I dont really think that you would need a "Secure" NIC, you would probably get a similar level of protection for your environment if you were to get a software firewall.

    These can be gotten for free, the one that I like the most is Agnitum OutPost Firewall FREE from then follow the links or the pic for the Free version.

    You could also search the threads for Firewalls as I am sure there have been other threads about which firewall people like the best.
  4. XPletive

    XPletive bbbb-ring...

    Thanks guys. I run the free version of Zone Alarm now, so I'll just pick up an ordinary NIC.

    Geffy: I'll check out the firewall software you mentioned too. Can't hurt to try it. Thanks.