- Go to the "Windows Firewall" in the Control Panel.
- On the left hand side click "Advanced Settings"
- Click on "Inbound Rules"
- Right click on "Inbound Rules" and choose "New Rule"
- Select "Custom (Custom Rule)" and press "Next"
- Select the (default) "All Programs" and press "Next"
- Change the Protocol type from "Any" to "ICMPv4"
- Unless you want to restrict the ping response choose the option "Any IP address". (This is for your adapter.)
- Unless you want to restrict which hosts can ping you choose "Any IP address".
- On the Action screen ensure it is an "Allowed" connection.
- Leave all three check boxes check on the Profile screen.
- On the final screen, Name, give it a meaningful name such as "Echo Ping Request"
- Finally click finish.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Enabling Ping responses in Windows 7
Out of the box if you Ping a Windows 7 host you will recieve "Request Timed Out". This is because the Windows 7 firewall is blocking ICMP echo requests. If this is causing you problems and you need to open up access to ping requests it is fairly simple.