silverwolf0 Posted July 24, 2009 Report Share Posted July 24, 2009 I have two questions. First, my D-Link DSL modem/router combo died and I replaced it with a plain Motorola DSL modem that has no networking capabilities and I don't think it has any fancy built-in firewall in it. I am directly connected to the modem, and like my first DSL modem, a Speedstream, which I had to use windows to dial in to (the new one is automatic), the connection speed isn't any faster than having a router as a middleman to connect to a modem, but webpages load more instantaneously, silmilar to the speed jump when you turn on the parallel piping for Firefox, which makes me happy. Should I be worried that I don't have a hardware firewall anymore and only have the windows xp firewall for protection? I have an old Buffalo router with DD-WRT that I can use, although it is a bit finicky, if having a router in the middle would be a better idea.Second, I usually limit my global maximum connections to 170 or so in utorrent because all the routers I've used would crap out on me if I set it any higher. Since the DSL modem is directly connected to my computer, should I increase this number to possibly improve performance or allow for more torrents to run simultaneously since I'm not bottlenecked by the amount of memory on a router? Or do I have this completely wrong? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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