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Games for Windows - LIVE: Description of Firewall Ports you must open to connect to LIVE
Article ID: 937424
Important This article contains information about editing and modifying that shows you how to help lower your security settings or how to turn off security features on a computer. None of these changes should have any serious implications, but if you are unsure we recommend consulting your firewall support before making these changes.
This article describes the ports that you must open in your router or gateway and in Microsoft Windows Firewall to play a Games for Windows - LIVE game.
Verify that your router is LIVE compatibleTo review the set of routers that are compatible with the Games for Windows - LIVE service, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.xbox.com/support/en/us/xbox360/XboxLive/GetConnected/CompatibleNetworkEquipment/CompatibleNetworkingEquipment.aspxIf your router is not listed on the website, and you are experiencing problems connecting to Games for Windows - LIVE services, you may be able to configure some settings to troubleshoot issues accessing the LIVE server. If the issue continues to occur, contact the manufacturer of the router or gateway for assistance.
Add the Marketplace Application and the Game Title to the Windows Firewall Exceptions listWarning This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.
Note Do not open a port for a program that you do not recognize.
The computer is connected to the internetFor more information, visit the following Windows Online Help and Support website, and then view the "Allow a program to communicate through Windows Firewall" topic:
The computer is not connected to the internetFor more information, view the "Allow a program to communicate through Windows Firewall" topic in Windows Help and Support on the computer's hard disk. To do this, follow these steps:
Port listings for Games for Windows - LIVEIf you do not use the Windows Firewall program, you can still open the ports that are used by the game when you configure the network. To make sure that these ports are open, or to open these ports, contact the network administrator or the internet service provider (ISP). If you are the administrator of the network, see the documentation that is provided with your networking software to determine how to open these ports. The following list explains the port configuration specifications for the game:
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=151500)for other considerations.