Recent Windows Operating systems do not reply to ping requests by default, replying to ICMP Echo Requests had been disabled in the default firewall policy. That means you will be getting ‘Request Timed Out’ from a Windows 10 PC even though it is connected and set up properly on the network. This same basic network security rule was applied on earlier Operating Systems such as Windows 8.1 and 7 too. Following guide shows you how to enable ping reply and make your Windows 10 desktop or laptop computer to respond to ping requests from other network devices.
If the Windows 10 computer is in a domain network, then the global domain policy which is related to ICMP echo requests will be applied automatically by your system administrator in the workplace. Here we are talking about workgroup, where the domain setup is not available; for example, a small office or your simple home network. Also, this guide shows how to enable incoming FTP traffic in the Windows 10 firewall if you are planning to make your Windows 10 as FTP server by using Microsoft IIS or other FTP server programs like FileZilla FTP server.
Simple Steps to Enable Ping Reply in Windows 10
There is a pre-built firewall rule in Windows 10 to enable or disable ICMP echo request. By default it was disabled, we can enable the rule to allow ping requests in Windows 10 which can reply back to other network devices in the local or external network.
To open the rule, go to control panel by right-clicking on the start button and select Control Panel.
Click on Advanced Settings to get the ICMP rule (incoming and outbound connections) option.
Since we are going to allow incoming ping request, we need to open the Inbound Rules area and look for Echo Request –ICMPv4 rule as shown below.
Once you have enabled the Echo Request for ICMPv4 which is for IP v4, then your Windows 10 computer will respond to ping requests. You will see ‘Private’, ‘Public’ and ‘Domain’ network profiles in the advanced Firewall security settings while enabling or creating rules. Windows OS have each rule for every network profile. You have to enable the only profile which is related to your current connection.
For example, if you are at home or office local network, then the connection mostly will be in ‘Private’ or ‘Domain’ network profile. Therefore enable the Echo Request rule for these profiles only. If you connect the same laptop to any public internet network (like a coffee shop or airport WiFi), Windows 10 will treat it as the public network profile. In this case, your Windows 10 computer will not respond to ping requests which come from the internet to your computer, because Echo Request rule is not enabled for ‘Public’ network profile. That’s the reasons it is always recommended to not enabling unwanted firewall rules for public network profile.
To Disable Ping Reply in Windows 10
Just simply right click on the same rule (for private or domain network profile) and disable it Now your Windows 10 computer will not respond to ping requests from the connected network devices.
How to Enable Incoming FTP Traffic in Windows 10 Firewall
Once you setup FTP server on Windows 10 computer, then you must enable inbound FTP traffic in the firewall settings. It can be done in a few methods.
1) Open the control panel, Windows Firewall settings and click on ‘Allow an App or feature through Windows Firewall’.
Assuming that you have already installed IIS and enabled FTP server on Windows 10, the firewall settings will automatically detect the FTP server application and list out in the field.
Click on ‘Change Settings’ and choose ‘FTP Server’ then the network profile currently the computer is connected, press OK to complete the steps.
By any chance, you are not succeeded with the above method or you could not see the FTP server app in programs list in firewall settings, you can manually create an inbound rule and allow particular FTP ports (20 and 21). Since the advanced firewall settings remain same for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, refer our earlier guide to enable FTP traffic in Windows 8.1.
Also, you can enable the FTP inbound traffic in Windows 10 firewall by command prompt with the simple command which is explained at Microsoft site here.