How to Set a Windows Firewall Rule for iTunes Music Sharing

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How to Set a Windows Firewall Rule for iTunes Music Sharing
You can share your music in iTunes with other users. (music notes image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

You can set iTunes to share music with other users on your network. With the Windows Firewall turned on, users may not be able to access your iTunes shared playlists even though they can see them. You can turn Windows Firewall off, but you should never run your computer without a firewall. Therefore, you need to open a network port on the Windows firewall in order to allow music sharing on your computer.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "Start" and "Control Panel." Click "Networking and Internet Connections" then click "Network Connections." Double-click the connection that is used for iTunes music sharing. Right-click and select Properties." Click the "Advanced" tab and check "Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet."

  2. 2

    Click the "Settings" button and the Advanced Settings window opens. Click the "Add" button and the Service Settings window opens. Type iTunes Sharing for the description of service. Enter the IP address or name of your computer. Enter "3689" for the External Port number and "3689" for the Internal Port number. Select "TCP and click "OK." The iTunes Sharing service is displayed in the Services list.

  3. 3

    Click the "Add" button and the Service Settings window opens. Type "Multicast DNS" for Description of Service. Enter your IP address, "5353" for External Port number and "5353" for Internal Port number. Click "OK" to close the Advanced Settings window, then "OK" again to close the Connection Properties window.

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Tips and warnings

  • If you don't know your IP address, contact the Microsoft help pages or contact the System Administrator of your computer.

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