The Windows Firewall

The Windows operating systems include a Windows Firewall that provides a protective boundary that monitors and restricts information that travels between your computer and a network or the Internet. This provides a line of defense against someone who might try to access your computer from outside the Windows Firewall without your permission. Windows Firewall considers an “unsolicited request” any try to connect to your computer from the Internet or from the network. Every time your computer gets an “unsolicited request”, the Windows Firewall blocks that connection. If you choose to unblock a connection, Windows Firewall keeps track of it by creating an exception, so you will not be notified about it in the future.

When Windows is installed on your system and the Windows Firewall is turned on, most programs will not be allowed to accept unsolicited communications unless you choose to list those programs as exceptions. Because firewalls restrict communication between your computer and network, you might need to adjust settings for some other programs that prefer an open connection. You can make an exception for these programs or services, so that they can communicate through the Windows Firewall.

If you are running the InfoPrint Manager server on a Windows operating system, you can configure your Windows Firewall in one of two ways:

  • Turn the Windows Firewall off.
  • Define an exception for a program or service, in this case, one of the supported InfoPrint Manager components.
  1. Turning the Windows Firewall off can cause security issues in your network.
  2. Defining an exception for a program or a service is recommended over opening a port.