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    BBC Iplayer firewall settings

    Hi,

    I'm trying to set up a firewall rule to allow users access to the streaming version of the iplayer (ie not allow the Kontiki P2P).

    Currently I restrict all outgoing http traffic to an external url filtering proxy, and with this setup, the Iplayer does not work.

    If I place no restrictions on out going http traffic, then the Iplayer works fine, however I obviously would like to avoid this if possible..

    Anyone else having the same problem ?

    Rauf

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    From the bbc:

    For the Film Network download application to work properly, the client must be able to make outbound connections to the BBC's servers. If you have a router with a built in firewall please make sure you have ports 80, 443, 1947, 1948, 4000, 5000, and 8888 open as the application uses these ports.

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    Make sure they can only connect to the relevant BBC servers on those ports. :P

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    For the Film Network download application to work properly, the client must be able to make outbound connections to the BBC's servers. If you have a router with a built in firewall please make sure you have ports 80, 443, 1947, 1948, 4000, 5000, and 8888 open as the application uses these ports.
    Thanks for the reply, but I think that information refers to the network download application, not the Flash player streaming...

    Make sure they can only connect to the relevant BBC servers on those ports.
    Yes, I was sort of hoping to find out which the relevant servers are...

    Rauf

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    Surely the flash version should only need port 80 as it's web based, the content is being streamed to the page so you shouldn't need to worry about anything behind it.

    Does www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer in the allowed list not help matters? Or even the whole bbc domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jona View Post
    Surely the flash version should only need port 80 as it's web based, the content is being streamed to the page so you shouldn't need to worry about anything behind it.

    Does www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer in the allowed list not help matters? Or even the whole bbc domain.
    That's exactly what I would have thought, but no luck..

    I know that even if I have a proxy set up in the browser for all protocols, the flash video player in iplayer stills tries to make a direct connection to the BBC servers on port 80..

    Rauf

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    I might be mistaken, but the webpage comes on port 80, but the embedded video is on another port. By my understanding the video can't stream on Port 80 because thats for html files.

    Is Port 554 used by the Beeb?

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    Hi Stewart,

    Web page Embedded Applications such as realplayer use cunning tricks to get around firewalls such as tunnelling through an http (80) port.

    Rauf

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