WinMX Firewall Information


For normal operation, WinMX needs to be able to listen on a port for incoming connections from the internet, for both uploading and downloading.  Being on a local area network and / or being behind a firewall or router can interfere with this process.

If you are behind a firewall, router or proxy, there are two options:

Option 1

You can map an incoming TCP/IP port to the machine running WinMX.  

If you are using a home router or software router (such as Zone Alarm) this is a very simple procedure, which will be outlined in the documentation that came with your firewall or router.

If you are behind a corporate firewall or proxy, you will need to ask your network administrator to do this for you.  Some network admins may not want to do this, in which case you should use option 2 below.

In either case, you will need to know the port # to map.  This can be found by going into the WinMX connection settings, and clicking the "Network / Proxy Settings" button (figure 1).  The port # you need to map will appear below where it says "Incoming Connections" (figure 2).

Option 2

You can put WinMX into "Firewall Mode".  

This mode doesn't need to have any incoming connections, but will cut down on search hits because you will be unable to download from other users that are in the same mode (because neither side will be able to accept a connection).  Uploads will be pushed outward when in firewalled mode instead of waiting for an incoming connection.

To put WinMX into firewall mode, go into the "Connection Settings" click the "Network/Proxy Settings" button (figure 1), and below where it says "Incoming Connections", select "Unable to accept incoming connections" (figure 3).















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