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Trouble with UWP Hololens app and firewall

Hello. I have a UWP application (call it "client") running on Hololens and a WPF application (call it "server") running on a remote laptop. They are communicating through the wireless LAN via SignalR. They are only able to communicate successfully if I disable the Windows Firewall completely on the laptop. Both the UWP application and the WPF application are projects in the same solution being built on the laptop. After being built the UWP application is deployed from the laptop to the Hololens, at which point I test communication between the two.

I'd like to allow the UWP app that's being deployed to the Hololens to be able to communicate with the laptop without disabling the firewall on the laptop and so I tried to add the UWP app to the list of applications allowed through the firewall on the laptop. To do so, in "Windows Security" I clicked "Allow an app through the firewall", clicked "Allow another app..." and then navigated to the debug build executable of the UWP application in the solution folder on the laptop. I checked both "Private" as well as "Public" check boxes just to make sure. I then did the same for the WPF application as well. Unfortunately they still cannot communicate when the firewall is on. Even after adding both UWP & WPF applcaitions to the list of apps allowed through the firewall, they can still only communicate if I disable the firewall entirely.

What am I missing here and how can I get this to work?
Thank you in advance.




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