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WCF - Client connecting OK when LocalHost but Timeout when connecting remotely

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I have a WCF service running with separate client software that connects to it.  All works fine in development when on one PC.  Also works fine in Live as long as client running on the same computer as WCF service but fails with timeout when connecting remotely.  I tried on two different 'live' environments and completely disabled the firewall (while testing) in both cases.

Here's the code that works locally:

 
Dim WithEvents CommsServerCallback As New AutomatedWeighbridgeInterventionCallback
Dim objClient As InterventionServiceReference.IInterventionService
Dim EndPointAddress As String
If Testing Then EndPointAddress = "http://localhost:8000/InterventionService/" Else EndPointAddress = "http://WCFServerPC:8000 InterventionService/"
Dim iCntx As New InstanceContext(CommsServerCallback)
Dim MyBinding As New WSDualHttpBinding
MyBinding.SendTimeout = New TimeSpan(0, 0, 30)
Dim MyEndPoint As New EndpointAddress(EndPointAddress)
Dim myChannelFactory As DuplexChannelFactory(Of IInterventionService) = New DuplexChannelFactory(Of IInterventionService)(iCntx, MyBinding, MyEndPoint)
objClient = myChannelFactory.CreateChannel()
 Try
      If Not objClient.SubscribeClient() Then Throw New Exception("Unable to Connect")
Catch ex As Exception
      Throw ex
End Try

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When this runs on the same computer as the WCF service (name: WCFServerPC), both endpoints declared above work.  When this runs on a separate PC on the same network, it fails with a timeout at 'objClient.SubscribeClient()'.  Firewall is disabled.  What am I missing?  (e.g. is there some 'AllowRemoteConnections=False' setting in the app config somewhere or similar?)
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Dim objClient As InterventionServiceReference.IInterventionService
Dim EndPointAddress As String
If Testing Then EndPointAddress = "http://localhost:8000/InterventionService/" Else EndPointAddress = "http://WCFServerPC:8000 InterventionService/""http://WCFServerPC:8000/InterventionService/"
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by:WestcountryBusiness
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Hi David, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately that missing / was a typo when I copied the code to this post.  I tried to simplify it a little and changed the server host name for clarity (& got it wrong!).  In the live application, that line actually reads:
If LocalServer = "VICTORIA6" Then EndPointAddress = "http://Victoria6:8000/InterventionService/" Else EndPointAddress = "http://localhost:8000/InterventionService/"

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Where Victoria6 is the actual host name of the PC.  Sorry for the error but the URL is correct so that's not the cause of this issue.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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is port 8000 open on the firewall on Victoria6?
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by:WestcountryBusiness
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Sorry for delay in replying.  Yes the port is open, and I've specifically allowed the exe and I've tried with the firewall completely off.  My initial thoughts were a firewall issue but I think that rules it out (correct me if I'm wrong).

I'm struggling to debug this.  I've tried to telnet into the server on that port but get not connection, but then I'm not sure if I should.  Is there any testing I can do to track down whether its a communication issue (network, firewall etc.) or a configuration issues (something in the app.config or similar of the WCF server program)?

Thanks
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OK, found the solution.  Basically it was the use of wsDualHttpBinding as that opens a return port to the client so requiring firewall changes to the client as well as the server.  The best fix was to use net TCP binding.

Thanks to this excellent artical that finally offered the solution:
http://www.dotnetconsult.co.uk/weblog2/PermaLink,guid,b891610a-6b78-4b54-b9a6-4ec81c82b7c0.aspx
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Solution found elsewhere on the Internet & posted here for reference
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