I'm developing a web app on my work computer (Windows 7), and I've gotten a bug report complaining of bad behavior on the Mac version of Firefox. We don't have a Mac in-house, so I brought in my personal laptop. The trouble is, I can't get it to connect to my work machine.
Both machines are on the local wi-fi network. The work machine has access to a VPN that my personal laptop does not. Any time I try to access 192.168.1.4:8080 (the IPv4 address assigned by the wireless network) from my personal machine's browser, I get nothing. I also get nothing when I
My first thought was that it's a firewall issue; I don't have the permissions necessary to simply disable it. I've tried poking holes via "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" (allow incoming access on port 8080, allow incoming access for all programs), but it doesn't seem to be doing anything.
It also occurred to me that my work machine might be invisible on the network. I've tried turning on file sharing and network discovery via "Advanced sharing settings", but that hasn't worked either.
I'm still poking around with
rsop.msc as Scott recommended in my other question, but as I've never used the tool before, I'm not completely certain of what I'm looking for. I'm hoping something will jump out at me as I keep digging.
In the meanwhile, what other approaches would people recommend?
Edit: In response to the comments, I double-checked to confirm the Mac is on the same network. It is; it has an IP address of 192.168.1.7, and I can
ping it from the work machine.
Edit 2: I suspect that, unless I can track down a sysadmin willing to relax the settings on my machine, I'm simply screwed.
I presumed that, since they're on the same network, the Mac would subject to the "Domain Profile," but more research tells me it's more likely under the purview of "Private Profile." Is that a reasonable conclusion?
The difference is that the Domain overview says "Inbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked", whereas the Private overview says "All inbound connections are blocked". If I'm interpreting this correctly, then any holes I try to poke in the firewall are useless, since they run afoul of this higher-level rule. This would explain the behavior I'm seeing; I can see the Mac from the Windows machine but not vice-versa.
If anybody has any insights that confirm or refute this theory, I'd love to hear them. In the meanwhile, I'm sending "Could I please speak with a sysadmin?" messages to the helpdesk.