I was recently trying to stream videos through my network using VLC and at first, I couldn’t get it to work. I followed numerous suggestions online but still no luck. Then I tried it this morning when I got up and now it works. I have no idea what I did wrong or right that made it not work and then work. But one of the suggestions for making it work was to add VLC to the Windows Firewall. It did not work at the time but here is how to add a program to the Windows firewall using VLC as an example.
Add Program To Windows Firewall
First type firewall in the search bar. Click on Allow an app through Windows Firewall.
In the Window that opens, click on the Change settings button first, then Allow another app…
If you don’t see the Allow another app… button, scroll down using the scrollbar on the side. I didn’t see it at first and wasn’t sure what else to do.
In the window that opens, click on the Browse… button and find the program on your system. Click on Open and you end up back at this Add an app screen with VLC now noted in the list of Apps.
Click on the Add button and now VLC is added to the list of Allowed apps and features.
Click OK. Now your app has some access through your firewall.