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Re: [MN] no router or firewall in standard install?

The main change is DSL providers using "gateway" modems which have wireless and all included. This was a way to get customers to stay with them vs cable but then it's now a pain in the butt (well for tech people) as they also want to manage your network for you. AT&T has been removing subnets from their gateways so you can only use 2 of the 3 private ones. It helps their people with training. They can easily log into your network and see all your data going over the switch (not just the modem).

I do understand though it might seem strange and a hassle to setup your own network and all that when you just want it to work. So I guess it has it's good and bad points. I generally like to manage my network myself, they can stay out there and manage theirs!