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Getting Through Windows Firewall

Post by Dale H. Cook » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:25 am

I have a customer with a secondary transmitter site out of listening range, and I want to set up a private WME stream so staff can dial in and hear how the off-air audio sounds. My problem is configuring Windows Firewall (under Win7) to allow inbound access to the pull the stream. I've never worked with Windows Firewall before as my computers and those for past clients have all used other security software and hardware. Can anyone offer suggestions?
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Post by Deep Thought » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:44 pm

I don't have anything running Win7 handy to check this on but I am fairly sure the firewall interface is the same on 10. Open Windows Defender settings, go to "Advanced Settings" and you should get something similar to the screen below. There you can create a new rule (right-click on "Inbound Rules") for a port or application, and there are some predefined rules for Windows Media Player, etc...
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Post by Deep Thought » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:47 pm

If the computer isn't doing anything critical then you might consider just configuring it for remote desktop and have the audio diverted to the client computer...that way there isn't any special config for whatever you are listening on.
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Post by Bill DeFelice » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:07 pm

@Dale: Make sure you have an appropriate rule set in the router if NAT is in place. I had to play around with this when setting up a private confidence monitor for a station PD and engineer to share.
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Re: Getting Through Windows Firewall

Post by w9wi » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:19 pm

Deep Thought wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:47 pm
If the computer isn't doing anything critical then you might consider just configuring it for remote desktop and have the audio diverted to the client computer...that way there isn't any special config for whatever you are listening on.
I did this during the eclipse.

Had a SDR connected to the PC at home; remoted into it with my laptop at work. Mostly just to be certain the SDR was making spectrum recordings, but it *did* provide full quality audio.

As Bill says, you need to make sure your router will properly NAT the PC.
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