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I have recently reinstalled Windows 7 on my laptop. This was no problem and everything worked well. I have installed F-Secure anti-virus, also working well.

Then I installed Apple airport utility so I can reconnect to my time capsule and Airport Express with speakers. I can't find either one from my laptop with the Airport utility. I tried resetting the Airport Express, but that only led to more frustration because I can't even find it when I connect it with the Ethernet cable.

What am I doing wrong? What is blocking me from viewing the apple hardware?

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Have you tried disabling F-Secure and/or Windows Firewall? Is network discovery enabled in Windows 7? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 3 '11 at 20:12
oke, yeah i unstalled f-secure and it seemed to work, now to figure out why it blocks it and how to undo that –  Davide Aug 3 '11 at 20:41

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Since you figured out it was F-Secure preventing the networking here's some info on allowing the Windows 7 HomeGroup networking through, which may be enough to ge tit working for you as you want it, or at least point you in the right direction on adding the allow rule.

From F-Secure's KB:

To set up the F-Secure firewall for your homegroup:

  1. On the product main page, click Settings > Network connections > Firewall.
  2. On the Rules tab, click Add. The Add New Rule dialog box opens.
  3. In the Name field, type Homegroup.
  4. Select Allow as the rule type and click Next.
  5. To select the IP address range for this rule, select first the Custom option and then click Edit.
  6. From the Type drop-down list, select MyNetwork , click Add to list and then OK.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Add the following services for the rule by selecting the corresponding check boxes and select the direction of the traffic - both inbound and outbound - by clicking the icon in the Direction column so that a double-headed arrow is visible:
    • IGMP/Internet Group Management Protocol
    • Windows file sharing and network printers
    • Windows network browsing
    • SMB over TCP/IP (TCP)
    • SMB over TCP/IP (UDP)
  9. Click Next.
  10. If you want the alert to be logged or also shown as a pop-up, select either one of the options. In this case, we select the No alert option.
  11. Click Next. The summary of the rule you are about to create is displayed.
  12. Click Finish to create the rule.
  13. On the Firewall page, click the Settings tab.
  14. In the Select IPv6 traffic filtering options field, select Normal from the drop-down list. This will allow IPv6 traffic to be filtered.
  15. Click OK.

You are now ready to set up your Windows 7 HomeGroup.

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