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    buckovestige Guest

    Default Can ZA free version be made to distinguish between network systems by name?

    Here's the setup:

    A small office with three separate businesses sharing one cable isp connection.

    I believe the tech that set up the router made it dhcp, because I've had to reconfigure the 2 PCs' (one W98se, on XP home sp2) IP addresses several times, finally putting a range in ZA's trusted zone so when they're reassigned they can still share files and printer.

    Just yesterday, the owner of the second business got a new PC and noodling around, clicked on My Network Places and could see our shared files. This has to be fixed quickly for privacy reasons.

    So far I've come up with several action plans: (in order of expense)
    1. Upgrade to XP pro on the two systems for the added security.
    2. Upgrade our business from a hub to a router (subnetting our office).
    3. Finding a software solution with existing OSs in place or via ZA.

    I will try to contact the tech to see if setting fixed ip addresses would be a big hairy deal - then I could set ZA to exclude the others. But I was wondering if I could designate our two systems so that ZA could discriminate them from the rest (like naming our systems "exotic-secret-name1" and "exotic-secret-name2" and having them only in our trusted zone).

    Is that possible with ZA free?

    Thanks!

    Operating System:Windows 98-SE (Second Edition)
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)
    Software Version:6.1

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    billc Guest

    Default Re: Can ZA free version be made to distinguish between network systems by name?

    Interesting situation. Choosing your option 2 to subnet your office seems like the easiest and least expensive way to go. You can get a router for about $30 or less after rebates or on eBay. And of course you could upgrade to Zone Alarm Pro and then use ICS. But I don't know of a way of doing the "exotic-secret-name" you're seeking unless you manage to get static IP's as you're thinking.

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    buckovestige Guest

    Default Re: Can ZA free version be made to distinguish between network systems by name?

    Thanks. I guess I'll look into both subnet and za pro.

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    buckovestige Guest

    Default Re: Can ZA free version be made to distinguish between network systems by name?

    BTW, Bill,

    Just got back from visiting your fine city for the First LEGO World Convention. People were friendly; the city is pretty and clean; the new aquarium is awesome.

    Regards,

    Bucko

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    billc Guest

    Default Re: Can ZA free version be made to distinguish between network systems by name?

    ......the new aquarium is awesome. I totally agree. It was a gift from Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot.

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