Configuring your computer firewall for use on Livewire networks.

Updated 4 months ago by Bryan Jones

Scope

This document applies to any computer which uses the Axia IP Driver. Primarily this affects Windows computers. Although not presently supported, this could affect the Macintosh OS. There are also Axia drivers available for Linux that are available from Paravel Systems.

Configuration

For computers operating on an Axia network, it will be necessary to manually configure firewall settings to allow UDP and TCP communications between the PC and the Axia network on specific local ports. Without these firewall rules in place, programs like the IP-Audio Driver may appear to function normally, but will not be able to exchange audio, GPIO, or advertisement with the Axia network.

This document outlines the ports needed for the IP Driver to function correctly. There are far too many operating system combinations to give specific instructions for each one; however, the TCP and UDP port information is the same regardless of the OS. Also, many 3rd Party programs that have firewall components. Norton and McAfee are very common and can also block ports needed for proper operation.

Hence, the general nature of this document.

If you are having problems, the first tip is to disable everything all together. Turn the operating system firewall OFF and either turn off or uninstall any 3rd party programs. Then selectively turn these back on to know where you need to create rule exceptions.

Ports Used

  • Livewire Advertisement, Port 4001, UDP
  • Livewire Advertisement Req, Port 4000, UDP
  • Livewire Clock, Port 7000, UDP
  • Livewire Source Allocation, Port 2060, UDP
  • Livewire Audio Streams, Port 5004, UDP
  • Livewire Routing Protocol, Port 93, TCP
  • SIP Unicast, Port 5060, UDP

Regarding AES67

Ports used for AES67 audio are user-definable. That is to say, while Livewire uses port 5004 for all audio packets, the user can define AES67 audio ports. You will need to adjust your firewall settings accordingly to accommodate situations outside of the Livewire specification.

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