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RT-AC68U: AIProtection vs. separate pfsense box?

Discussion in 'ASUS Wireless' started by Phil Perucci, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Phil Perucci

    Phil Perucci New Around Here

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    Sorry for the newbie question, but I always ass-u-med that NAT "security by obscurity" was sufficient for my needs...
    ...while I have my router "locked-down" per the checks under AIProtection (all green), I've noticed that I'm getting external "hits" almost daily, from a MAC address I don't recognize (lookup indicates it is an Arris device). It seems like the experts often use pfsense, and I hear more about things like Cujo and Bitdefender Box 2 these days.

    I'd like to think, in my Utopian World, that ASUS (Trend Micro) AI Protection has me covered, but I do wonder if pfsense would be safer (if I "hunker down" and learn it). I don't think pfsense "calls home" like Trend Micro does, which makes me wonder if pfsense is really better; but again, I'm a newbie to really locking-down security.

    Note: I don't have any ports open; I only use my broadband connection (Comcast) for internet access originating from inside the house.
     
  2. maxbraketorque

    maxbraketorque Senior Member

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    If you have no open ports, I don't see how pfsense will be of any use. Is UPNP disabled on your router as well?
     
  3. Phil Perucci

    Phil Perucci New Around Here

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    I just double-checked; UPnP is disabled. In fact, all checks under AIProtection “Router Security Assessment” are green.