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Off topic - can any iMac users help me out with ADSL??

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  1. dynamic turtle

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    I have both an iMac (an ancient one) and a windows laptop and want to get a broadband internet connection.

    The modem/router/ISP have not provided me with any antivirus or firewall software.

    1) Is this absolutely essential to install?
    2) Does windows XP & Mac OS X have personal firewalls built-in? (I think this is the case with XP?
    3) Do Norton internet security suites require annual subscription?

    Thanks,
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    Also,

    I'd like to connect the iMac using a wireless usb dongle, but the only examples i've seen for sale are for Windows PC's.

    How do iMac users use wireless networking without such devices - do they have to use one of those "Air-port" things??

    Bemused,
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    Mac OSX has a built-in firewall - look under Sharing in System Preferences. It'll be turned on by default. No need for anti-virus on Mac OSX - there aren't any viruses (about the only use for AV on a Mac is to stop you from forwarding dodgy, virus laden messages to Windows users).

    Not sure on the USB-wiresless options - have a scout around on MacInTouch. Or get a wiresless to ethernet bridge instead. Or a couple of wallplug ethernet thingies.
     
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    Thanks Cwick - always very difficult getting people to respond to this sort of question ;-)

    The iMac is so old, it doesn't even have a card slot (that I can find anyway) for the AirPort system. I'm going to try a USB WiFi dongle first (found one with Mac OS X drivers). If that fails, it's going to have to be hard-wired.

    Cheers,
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