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A firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your computer through a network or the Internet. 
The Windows firewall can be configured to allow applications to communicate through it.
Such rules are related to the applications (programs), but not to drivers or devices directly.

Emotion Music server has been fine tuned to work with the embedded Windows Firewall.
But, for other Media Players, you may need to open a port in the firewall.
If you have installed an Antivirus software, it may have taken control of the firewall, and therefore you may need to configure it also for Emotion. 
The methods to authorize an application through the firewall will differ depending of the application that handles the firewall.
See below for the Windows embedded firewall or click here for third party firewall (Norton, McAfee, Avast, Kaspersky,....)
If you need to configure the MacOS X Firewall, please click here.

 

Windows Firewall (embedded)

 

  1. Press Windows Start icon, and in the Windows Search field, search for Firewall

  2. Click on  Allow a program through Windows Firewall (Windows 7)   Allow an app through Windows Firewall (Windows 8/8.1/10)
     Windows 7   

  3. Click on Allow another program (Windows 7) Allow another app (Windows 8/8.1/10)
    (If this button is grey, you need to click on the "Change Settings" button to allow changes.)

     
  4. Click on "Browse" and select the application.
    For example, for Emotion you have to browse to drive C: > Program Files > Merging Technologies > Emotion.

    Once you have selected the required application, click on Network Types, and make sure it the "Private" & "Public" check-boxes are both ticked, and click on OK to confirm.

  5. Click now on Add to add the program into the firewall list.
Icons marked with an arrow on your desktop are not applications, only shortcuts.
To easily find the path of such application, right click on the shortcut icon on your desktop and select open file location, which will directly guide you to the program file path.

For in depth troubleshooting of Windows firewall, please see this page.

 

 

Third party firewall

The methods to allow an application through specific manufacturer can be found on the manufacturer website.
Here are some examples with common manufacturers : 

McAfee 
Symantec Norton
Avast
AVG
Kaspersky

Depending of your third party firewall manufacturer and version, those example may not be applicable.
Always refer to the software version to get the right instructions to allow a program through such firewall 

 

 

MacOS X Firewall
  1. Click on the Apple icon  on the top left corner and select System Preferences, then Security & Privacy.
     
  2. Select the Firewall tab
  3. Click on the Firewall Options button (if this button is grey, please click on the lock icon in the bottom left corner of this screen to unlock it)
     
  4. Make sure Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections option is active.
    The MERGING+NADAC driver is a signed software.
    You can also add your audio player by clicking on the + icon, and selecting it in the browse window.