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How to Let Xbox through a Firewall

In order to connect to the Xbox Media Download Center and to play games online, you first have to get your Xbox through any firewalls you may have installed on your computer.


  • Step 1: Check the box next to the entry for "Connect my Xbox 360 or Media Center Extender to my Media Center PC" if it isn't already selected, and then click Apply.
  • Step 2: Configure or verify the configuration of Windows Live OneCare by launching the program and, under Common Tasks, clicking on Change OneCare settings. Click the Firewall tab and then click the "Firewall connection tool" button.
  • Step 3: Click on the Firewall tab in Windows Live OneCare Settings and set the firewall protection level to Automatic (Recommended), and then click Apply.
  • TIP: If the protection level is set to Restricted, connectivity between the Windows Media Center Extender and Windows Media Center will be broken.
  • FACT: Firewalls protect smaller, secure networks from larger networks by applying security policy rules to control traffic that flows in and out of the protected, smaller network.
  • Step 4: Determine the name of the program, the ports that the program needs to use, and the direction of the communication signal if you're using a non-Microsoft firewall. In order to configure a non-Microsoft firewall, consult the documentation that came with the firewall. The configuration procedures are different for each firewall model and manufacturer.
  • Step 5: Click the General tab and deselect "Block all incoming connections" if it is selected. Then click OK to allow your Xbox through.
  • Step 6: Click on the Exceptions tab and scroll down to Media Center Extenders. Check the box next to Media Center Extenders, and, if it is not already enabled, click Apply.
  • Step 7: Click "Show me the firewall programs on this computer" to bring up a complete list of firewalls that are installed and running on your computer if you have multiple firewalls running.
  • TIP: The firewalls that are configured to automatically work with Windows Media Center Extender include Windows Firewall, Norton Internet Security 2007, Norton 360, McAfee Internet Security Suite 2007, and Windows Live OneCare 2.0.
  • TIP: Microsoft recommends that you run only one firewall at a time.
  • Step 8: Manually configure or verify the configuration of Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then clicking on Security.
  • Step 9: Click "Allow a program through Windows Firewall" under Windows Firewall. Then enter your administrator information in the User Account Control dialog box.
  • Step 10: Find out which firewall is running on your computer by clicking on the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then clicking on Security. Click Security Center and expand the Firewall section to determine which firewall is running.

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