Setup of MSN Messenger Behind a Firewall???

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by climer97007, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. climer97007

    climer97007 Guest

    I am running Yahoo Messenger behind a corporate firewall. It has been
    flawless in operation now for over a year. Yet, I can not login to MSN
    Messenger. I keep getting error messages that tell me in effect to "Make sure
    I am connected to the internet" etc... I am connected just FINE. Why can't
    MSN Messenger figure out how to configure itself to work? Yahoo Messenger
    figured itself out easily, and without me having to ask questions that I
    don't understand the answers to. Does anyone know how to set this stupind
    software up so that it actually works? Thanks!
    climer97007, Dec 22, 2005
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  2. Greetings,

    It is actually very intelligent, as long as port 1863 or 80 is available and port 443 (aka
    HTTP and HTTPS) and uses WinInet (the same connectivity as Internet Explorer). It's probably
    being blocked at the connection by your enterprise.

    All posts unless otherwise specified are (c) 2005 Jonathan Kay.
    You *must* contact me for redistribution rights.
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Dec 23, 2005
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  3. climer97007

    climer97007 Guest

    Merry Christmas Jonathan.
    Well, first of all, I have no idea what port 1863, port 80 or port 443 are.
    I am an electrical design engineer, but, I do not design PC's or networks.
    I have no clue what to do with you information.
    What appears obvious to you is a mystery to me.
    I have no idea why Yahoo Messenger can be so easily configured to run behind
    our corporate firewall, and yet, MSN Messenger is incapable? It blows my mind
    that in 10 minutes, I had Yahoo IM up and running, and it always works, no
    problems. And yet, I have never been able to get MSN IM running, never. And
    it is made by Microsoft, the people who invented all this stuff. ICQ works
    also. But, not MSN IM. It just blows my mind. So, many thanks to Microsoft
    for designing SW that only a Network admin can figure out how to use?! If you
    have any ideas that can actually help me to get it running, I am all ears.
    But telling me about ports that I have no knowledge of, or control of, is not
    very helpful. Thanks for trying though, Gene
    climer97007, Dec 26, 2005
  4. climer97007

    StephenB Guest

    It's okay that you don't know what the ports are for. Your firewall
    administrators do, and it would seem that they don't want MSN Messenger used in
    your office. MSN Messenger works when the network supports it.
    Just for the record, though, Microsoft didn't invent the technology of
    messenger, but probably parts of it.
    You can always try in the corporate environment.
    StephenB, Dec 26, 2005
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