I am using ESS on one machine in a 4 pc home network. Attached to my NAT/Firewall router is a printer server which when ESS is in automatic mode cannot be seen. The status of the PC is 'allow sharing' I wish to use ess in a form of 'automatic mode' without prompting of creation of rules etc. and was wondering if the following will suffice without compromising security to any major degree... I first switched to interactive mode - created 2 rules to allow the print server to work and be seen. I then changed to policy based mode and disabled block all unknown outbound traffic, enabled allow all outbound traffic and enabled allow initiated inbound traffic. Does this give the desired effect without causing major security issues? Cheers..