How to Capture All Traffic on SonicWALL

By Andy Walton

SonicWALL firewalls help to secure your network from malicious traffic.
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The SonicWALL Packet Monitor feature allows you to capture and examine network traffic as it crosses your firewall. When activated, Packet Monitor logs the details of packets as they pass through the device, recording data such as the packet's origin, destination and port number. This in turn can help you to gain information about the conditions on your network and identify potential threats. Packet Monitor uses filters to define which types of packet should be captured. However, you can bypass these filters and capture all packets using the “Monitor All” menu option.

Step 1

Open a browser window and type your SonicWALL device's menu IP address into the address bar. Open the menu and enter your username and password when prompted, then click “OK” to sign into the device.

Step 2

Click “Dashboard” and then select the “Packet Monitor” menu option to open the Packet monitor configuration screen.

Step 3

Click on the “Monitor All” button and then click “OK” on the resulting pop-up box. This removes any pre-configured capture filter settings and configures Packet Monitor to capture all packets.

Step 4

Click on the “Start Capture” button to begin capturing traffic.