How to Open Ports in the Windows XP Internet Connection Firewall for Office-Logic Notifications


After you turn on Internet Connection Firewall, Office-Logic Notifications for E-mail, Phone Messages, and Chat modules may stop working as they should. How can you work around this?

To work correctly, Office-Logic must receive information over the network. The information enters your computer through an inbound port. Your computer must have the correct inbound port open so that the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) can allow this information to pass through. Office-Logic Groupware requires that you manually open UDP port 512 so that the programs can work correctly. Below you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to manually open ports in Internet Connection Firewall.

Important Opening ports in ICF can create a security risk and leave your computer vulnerable. Only open ports when you absolutely need to.

To manually open ports in ICF:

1.

Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections and then click Network Connections.

Network and Internet connections

Click Network and Internet Connections


Click Network Connections

2.

If you have a dial-up Internet connection, under Dial-up, click the connection you use for the Internet. If you have a cable modem or digital subscriber line (DSL) connection, under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click the connection you use for the Internet.

3.

Under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.

Select a connection

4.

On the Advanced tab, make sure that the check box Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet is selected.

5.

Click Settings.

Local area connection properties

Click Settings

6.

On the Services tab, click Add.


On the Services tab, click Add

7.

In Description of service, type a name so that you can identify the port you want to open. For example: Office-Logic Notifications. Type a name that will help you remember the service and the port. You can use any name that you want. The name does not have any effect on the functionality but is only to help you remember.

8.

In Name or IP address of the computer hosting this service on your network, type 127.0.0.1.

9.

In External Port number for this service and Internal Port number for this service, type the port number (512 in both boxes).

10.

Click UDP, and then click OK.


11.

After clicking OK, make sure the new item has the checkbox checked.

 



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