Disabling the Windows XP computer’s built-in firewall

Windows XP has a built-in firewall that provides security by limiting or preventing access to your computer from the Internet.  Sometimes software firewalls, like the one included with Windows, conflicts with the built-in hardware firewall of the Linksys router.  In such cases you have to disable the built-in firewall.

To learn how to disable your computer's firewall on a different operating system, click on the links below for instructions:
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Mac OS X®

If you’re using a third-party firewall, refer to the manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to disable it.

Disabling Windows XP’s Built-in Firewall

Step 1:
Click Start, then select Control Panel.

Step 2:
When the Control Panel window appears, double-click Network Connections.

Step 3:
Right-click Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection (depending on which connection you want to configure) and select Properties.

Step 4:
Click the Advanced tab, then click the Settings… button. 

Step 5:
Under Windows Firewall, select Off (not recommended) then click OK.

To check your connectivity, try to ping your Linksys router.  For instructions, click here.

QUICK TIP:  A ping test helps determine your computer's connection to the Linksys router.
NOTE:  If the computer is unable to ping your Linksys router, it’s possible that your router’s IP address has been changed or your computer was not able to establish a connection with the router.  For instructions on how to check your router’s IP address, click here.

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