Meraki Firewalls (Security Appliance) and VLAN’s

In an earlier post I stated that we (Lekker Foods) were moving on to Meraki firewalls; well, we are there!  This post is going to detail the things I discovered on my journey from Sonicwall to Meraki. The biggest thing…

Time for a change …

If you have perused my blog you’ll know that I have wrangled Sonicwall devices for many years.  I kind of “fell into” the Sonicwall world through the back door years ago as it fell onto me to take care of…

Uncle Rob’s Quick Network VPN Gateway Primer

This is a quick post inspired by my new friend Andrew Su’s frustration with setting up a Sonicwall site-to-site VPN.  Andrew was doing all the right things and he did actually get both of his Sonicwall’s properly configured but traffic…

A (Non) Profitable Journey–Part 2 C

In my last couple of posts I described the fun I was having with trying to set up a coupe of open source firewalls to work in a fashion similar to what I normally do for my “paying” customers.  The…

Bear and Fish, Mark II

I made an earlier post about Sonicwall wireless issues here, this is a bit of a follow up to that post (or follow on). All Sonicwall firewalls come with a number of predefined security Zones that get applied to individual…

Some days you are the bear and others you are the fish …

Today, I’m the fish.  Let me explain … I’m a fan of Sonicwall firewalls, that’s pretty plain to see if you have read much of this blog.  And I have been something of a fan of their wireless extensions, the…

Sonicwall DHCP server – static reservations

This is just a quick post to highlight a quirk I found with the Sonicwall DHCP server (built-in DHCP server in Sonicwall firewalls). I had an issue at a customer this past weekend where we had Cisco Access Points sitting…

Sonicwall Site-to-Site VPN Tunnel Counts–Something to keep in mind when you are sizing the firewall

Sonicwall firewalls are all capable of supporting site-to-site VPN connections to other firewalls and each firewall model has a specified maximum number of tunnels that it can support.  From 5 tunnels on a TZ105 through to 10,000 on the SuperMassive…

Sonicwall firmware and the “one touch security config” (5.9.x), caution!

I recently installed a brand new TZ215W at a new customer.  I loaded the latest 5.9.x firmware (which I have used on other Sonicwall’s) and didn’t see any issues.  But I did try something new and that is the “one…

Sonicwall site-to-site VPN — the “easy” way

Site-to-site VPN connections are very easy to create between Sonicwall devices, almost ridiculously easy.  Here’s how to do it. Sonicwall let’s you set up site-to-site VPN’s in a number of ways.  I find the easiest and fastest way is to…