I currently have a SOHOware NBG 800 broadguard wired router and I like the firewall features that it has that many other router/firewall combos do not have (SPI, for one.)
My girlfriend has an Intel Centrino notebook with a D-Link 614+ wireless router that she has been using. We are going to be consolidating all of this equipment into one network soon, and I am wondering if there is any way that I can place the D-Link router behind my SOHOware router firewall, while maintaining an intact LAN with file-sharing, etc. between the two computers?
I know that I could simply use her router alone, but I'd rather keep everything behind mine if
possible and simply use hers as a WAP. What can I do?
NetBIOS broadcasts related to file sharing work only within a single LAN - they are not relayed
by routers across subnets. As a result of this, and the 614's firewall/NAT features, you will not
be able to browse fileshares on your girlfriend's notebook from PCs on your LAN. However, she can
access fileshares and printers on your LAN, because she will be able to connect directly to them
(for example, finding your computer by IP address, or configuring your computer's name into her
etc/lmhosts file). If this doesn't meet your needs, consider buying an inexpensive wireless AP for
her notebook to connect to instead. Unlike wireless router/firewalls, which are designed to deflect
incoming traffic, wireless APs permit bi-directional LAN traffic, including NetBIOS
This was first published in June 2003