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How to configure the firewall to watch Freebox TV streams (channel available in Totem 3.12)

asked 2014-04-11 12:06:41 -0500

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updated 2014-04-13 05:03:02 -0500


With my internet provider, I can watch TV from a computer. It has been included in GNOME Videos 3.12 (Totem) as a channel but I need to disable the firewall each time I want to watch it with the following command:

systemctl stop firewalld

To configure the firewall, I tried to use netstat to find the ports to open. Here are the relevant lines:

# netstat
Active Internet connections (w/o servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State      
tcp        0      0 vostro3300:54631       TIME_WAIT  
tcp        0      0 vostro3300:50084     CLOSE_WAIT 
tcp        1      0 vostro3300:39023        freeplayer.freebox:http CLOSE_WAIT 
tcp        0      0 vostro3300:60641        freeplayer.freebox:rtsp ESTABLISHED

Unfortunately, these ports change each time I restart GNOME Videos...

How could I configure the firewall to allow RTSP streams?

Edit : since the wikipedia page about RTSP mentions the port 554, I added in firewall-config a new service with ports 554 UDP and TCP opened. The service is activated for my zone of connection (home) but as I expected nothing changed.

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answered 2014-04-26 04:15:08 -0500

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I have filled a bug report on ( bug 728789), and the answer is very clear: the firewall will have to be disabled (at least temporary) to watch any stream from this channel.

Temporary stop the firewall

To temporary stop the firewall, you can use the following command:

sudo systemctl stop firewalld

Then if you want to restart it, use this:

sudo systemctl start firewalld

Permanently disable the firewall

To permanently disable the firewall:

sudo systemctl disable firewalld

If you want to enable it again, you can use this:

sudo systemctl enable firewalld
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