That all sounds good. Note, as I am sure you already appreciate, you only
need to scan from one of your machines since what is being tested is the
router rather than the machine being used.
BTW, although I don't know which ISP you are using, I wouldn't expect them
to require you to have any open ports on your router other than those you
have intentionally opened yourself. For example I have four ports opened,
21 which is used to access my FTP server and three others with randomly
assigned numbers used to access specific programs I have installed on my
system one of which is the BT application Azureus. These ports are open
and each directed to a specific machine on my LAN. All others are closed
and only opened in response to requests made my system. Normally you need
to have no ports open unless you are running servers such as FTP (21),
SMTP Mail (25) and web (http 80 and maybe https 443). Likewise you would
need to open a port, for example 3389 if you wished to use Remote Desktop
from another location to access your Vista machine.
> Excellent, thanks yet again Mike.
> I too found nowhere within Outlook to set incoming mail to text. I
> have a sneaking suspicion that it either defaults to text or warns
> you about potentially unsafe html incoming mails. Either way my
> outlook is set up with a preview pane and messages are not read and
> processed until I click them - unlike outlook default which is to
> process them just by having the mail highlighted. Anything dodgy
> which has bypassed existing spam/junk rules gets deleted. I'll have
> a look on help/outlook forums to confim anyway.
> On the router your advice is noted. I've got the scanner run on the
> desktop at the moment and I can confirm precise router tweaking
> operation on an independant (sub) forum relating to the ISP once