How to Capture All Traffic on SonicWALL

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You don't need to set up your SonicWALL to keep track of traffic entering and exiting your local area network -- the appliance does it automatically. To see what's happening on your LAN, you can view the event log from the SonicWALL Management Interface. For each event, the log displays the time of the connection, the IP address and host name of the computer that requested a connection, the IP address and host name of the computer that received the connection, and the protocol and port number through which the connection was made. Check the log to locate potential security threats or determine the source of a network error or other important events.

  • Type "http://192.168.168.168" (without quotation marks) into the address bar of your browser and then press "Enter" to navigate to the SonicWALL Management Interface.

  • Enter your login credentials into the applicable fields to access the dashboard. If you have not yet set up an administrative account, enter "admin" as the default username and "password" as the default password.

  • Click "Log" and then click "View." Set the Priority to "All" and then select "Network Traffic" from the Category drop-down menu.

  • Choose "All Interfaces" from the Source and Destination drop-down menus.

  • Put a check mark in each box and then click "Apply Filters" to view incoming and outgoing traffic on the network.

Tips & Warnings

  • To display events based on their importance, select the preferred value from the Priority drop-down menu. The menu lists options in descending order of severity.
  • To change how often the log refreshes, enter your preferred refresh rate in the "Refresh Interval (Secs)" field.
  • To increase or decrease the number of events displayed on the page, enter the desired value into the "Items Per Page" field.
  • To export the log to plain-text format, click the "Export Log" button and then click "Export." To send a copy of the log to your email account, click "E-mail Log."

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