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I have Bonjour installed on my Windows 7 PC, and the installer appears to have poked all the necessary holes in the Windows firewall. However, I can't ping windows-pc.local from my Mac. If I completely disable the Windows firewall, I can. How do I configure Windows firewall to allow Bonjour hostname resolution?

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Create a new Inbound Rule that allows traffic over UDP port 5353 in the needed security zones.


  1. Open Windows Firewall Advanced Settings

  2. Create a new rule in Inbound Rules

  3. Under Protocols and Rules, choose Protocol Type > UDP and Specific Ports > 5353

  4. Choose the appropriate security zones for your network. For more information on security zones, read the Microsoft documentation: How Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Works

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And how would you do that specifically? – patrix Nov 17 '12 at 8:33
@patrix I updated the answer with some better documentation. – wst Nov 17 '12 at 19:41
Nice indeed____. – patrix Nov 17 '12 at 20:00

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