Dylan Oliver wrote: > Why turn off UPnP if you don't know what it does? Wikipedia has a good > page about it. I learned that it does a lot more than NAT traversal > for bittorrent!
UPnP only works (in practice) if the router supports it (not guaranteed) AND the PC supports it (iffy, it's only supported by Windows XP and newer, not older versions of Windows and not Linux AFAIK). I've also seen a (very) few instances where a UPnP-enabled router exposed services to the public Internet that shouldn't have been exposed, thus making it an actual security risk. Example: I was playing with the IIS Web server on the home computer a while back, and my desktop PC and UPnP-enabled router somehow managed to make my "private" IIS installation publicly-visible, even though my router has a static port-forward setting for port 80 (to another PC in my house). Setting up port forwarding for the few folks that really need it isn't that hard. I mean, look at me, apparently I'm some kind of Neanderthal for dissing on top-posting, and even I can figure it out... > Bottom-posting is good, for one, because it encourages one to delete > all the irrelevant text you top-posters leave at the bottom. Also, > it's great for responding to messages point-by-point. I think I like you. :D David Smith MVN.net -- WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/