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Does Exede provide a network firewall?
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Mary Ellen Burt

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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Mary Ellen,  We do not provide a firewall but the Customer Agreement with Exede/WildBlue requires that an anti-virus and anti-spyware software  be installed on computers connected to this network.
See information below about computer security.
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Hi Mary Ellen, there are many choices, some free, some with subscription fees.

AVG, Zone Alarm and, Bit Defender are among the free ones. Norton, Kaspersky MacAfee and, F-Secure among those with subscription fees. Read reviews, choose a reputable one for your computer(s). 
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I believe Mary Ellen might be referring to a hardware firewall, such as that found in many routers or even a standalone device which secures the entire local area network (since she states a network firewall but just guessing).

I'm not sure whether the Exede Wifi Modem contains any firewall functionality - there's no mention of it in the user guide. Perhaps someone with the Exede Wifi Modem can poke around the user interface and determine if there is any and start documenting it.

Note: this is exactly the type of question some of us mean when we say the WiFi modem's features aren't sufficiently documented (either in the manual or online). We don't know what we're getting until it arrives and we've got to pass the bill to find out what's in it.

Third party routers do have firewall functionality - just depends on how robust you'd like and you can research the vendors web sites.
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Bev, Champion

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No the Boost WifFi Modem does not have router firewall functionality, it is a pretty basic router - think of the cheapest one you might buy that has WiFi, it routes. It has port forwarding, DMZ and, QoS setting, that's about it.
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Unrelated to the orignal poster's question but...

Any DHCP configuration to assign static IP addresses to devices?

DMZ rang a bell and sounds a lot like what Stephen over at the following thread is trying to do.

https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/asus-ac-3200-router-setup-behind-exede-modem-router

Making a lot of assumptions here since I'm working blind with regard to the WiFi modem's capabilities - I'm assuming the DMZ feature is the standard ability to simply forward all traffic to a single IP unchecked as available on most basic home routers (i.e. not truly a full DMZ).

To even be successful (if it would work at all) he would need to manually assign his router a static IP address from the Exede WiFi modem (can't have it dynamically changing).

FWIW, a network firewall becomes increasing important with the IoT - I don't want my frig hacked...
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Also, if you're using a Windows operating system it has a free built-in software fire wall...that's all I've used since XP and up...no problems, but make sure you have it activated...here's more info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Firewall