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Posted by James Robshaw on 05 April 2007 10:34 AM

F-SecureTo enable file sharing between PCs, you need to create a firewall rule allowing Windows file and printer sharing. The Firewall Rule Wizard can help you create the rule.

To run the Firewall Rule Wizard:

  1. Open the F-Secure Internet Security main user interface, and click the 'Advanced' link to open the advanced settings.
  2. In the 'Advanced' pane, click 'Internet Shield' to expand the menu, and then select 'Firewall'.
  3. In the Firewall pane's 'Rules' tab, click 'Add' to run the Firewall Rule Wizard.

Follow the Firewall Rule Wizard to create the new rule:

Step 1. Selecting name and type for this rule.

Type a rule name such as FileSharing.

Select 'Allow' as a rule type.

Click 'Next' to continue.

Step 2. Select IP address or IP address range for this rule.

Remove the tick from 'Any IP Address' and click 'Edit'.

In the 'Add Host Address(es)' dialog to the following:

Select IP Range and enter 192.168.1.1 - 192.168.1.254.

  • Click 'Add To List'.
  • Click 'OK'.
  • Click 'Next' to continue.

Step 3: Select services for this rule.

Scroll down the list and set the following:

  • Windows file sharing and Network Printers - put a tick in this box then double-click between the computer and globe icon until it is a double arrow.

  • Windows network browsing - put a tick in this box then double-click between the computer and globe icon until it is a double arrow.

Click 'Next' to continue.

Step 4: Select alerting type.

For 'Alert type', it is recommended to tick 'No alert'.

Click 'Next' to continue.

Step 5: New rule summary.

Review the setting for the new rule and click 'Finish'.

You should now see your new rule added to the list and it should be ticked/enabled.

You can now close the F-Secure windows.

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