The Media Center Extender may not work after you configure a firewall in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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When you install the Media Center Extender for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, and then you configure a firewall on your system, the Extender may not work.


This issue may occur because the firewall may close ports that must be open for the Extender to work.

Note Typically, this issue does not occur if the firewall is configured before you set up the Extender. In that scenario, the Extender Setup program detects the firewall and helps you configure it. However, some firewalls must be configured before you set up the Extender.


If you configure a firewall after you set up the Extender, you must manually configure the firewall to open the following ports.
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Port Protocol
3390 TCP
3932 TCP
5555 TCP
3776 UDP
7777 UDP
The procedure for manually configuring these ports is different for each firewall model and for each firewall manufacturer. For more information about how to configure your firewall, see your firewall documentation.

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Media Center Technical Support

Because Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition was included with your hardware device or system, the hardware manufacturer provides technical support and assistance for this software. Your manufacturer may have customized the installation with unique components such as specific device drivers and optional settings to maximize the performance of that manufacturer's hardware. If you require technical help with Windows XP Media Center Edition, contact your manufacturer directly because the manufacturer is best qualified to support the software that the manufacturer has installed on the hardware.


Article ID: 896036 - Last Review: May 22, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
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  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
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