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Windows Live & Firewall rules

atbs1
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Registered: 14-04-2007

Windows Live & Firewall rules

We have 3 Pc's all running Windows Live. We have had problems getting WL to connect and were getting error messages that, eventually, indicated that our firewall was the problem.  The connection for the 3 Pc's is a Netgear DG834N. 
Our settings within the firewall have NEVER been modified before today.  We always have Outbound completely open and Inbound set to the default rule (block everything) 
Now I have created a new Inbound rule (which I am not happy with, because I "feel exposed"!!) and that has allowed Windows Live to fully connect.  So the question is have I allowed too much to be open?  Please see the attached pic. of the firewall rules. Comments will be appreciated.
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Re: Windows Live & Firewall rules

There shouldn't be any need to open your router firewall for windows live, have you tried lowering your MTU on your router to 1430 instead?
That may help with some MS stuff.

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atbs1
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Re: Windows Live & Firewall rules

TO @ aidewoo: Many thanks for your suggestion.  I removed my Inbound rule completely and set the WAN MTU setting down from fourteen fifty eight to  1430 as you suggested. Re-connected W.Live and Voila! Thank you.
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Glad it's sorted for you Smiley

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