New to DSL. Always used software FW's w/ dialup (ZAP last few yrs). Not sure if the DSL router AT&T is sending (2Wire 2701) has built-in FW, but believe it does.

Is using a hardware (DSL modem or a router) AND a soft FW now almost mandatory from a security standpoint? Or, just a really good idea?

I only have one computer now. Probably will add a 2nd. What kind of ethernet card should I get?

Thanks for input.

BTW, anyone thinking of getting DSL w/ AT&T, be very sure of what you are getting. They (several sales reps) DID all spin the same tale. Misrepresented the actual NAME (AND speed)of the DSL, i.e., said they were selling "Express" 1.5 Mb/s, when they actually sold me "Basic" - probably to get me to sign up.

Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro