Simple Sonicwall Pro 230 Router Open Port Instructions

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September 19, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Sonicwall Pro230 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain games and applications. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.

The basic process to open a port is:

  1. Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your Sonicwall Pro 230 router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Access button.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Sonicwall Pro230 router.

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Step 1

It is important to setup a static ip address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This ensures that your ports will remain open even after your device reboots.

With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your Sonicwall Pro230 router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It usually does not matter which browser you choose to use.

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your router and type in your router's IP address.

The default Sonicwall Pro 230 IP Address is: 192.168.0.3

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

Sonicwall Pro230
Screenshot of Sonicwall Pro230.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Sonicwall Pro230 router.

Sonicwall Usernames and Passwords

If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default Sonicwall Router Passwords page.

If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Sonicwall Pro230 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Sonicwall Pro230 router back to its factory settings.

Step 3

Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:

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Screenshot of Sonicwall Pro230.

Click the Access button near the left of the page.

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Screenshot of Sonicwall Pro230.

Step 4

Here are the ports to forward for Xbox Live:

  • TCP Ports: 3074
  • UDP Ports: 3074

If you are looking for the ports for a different application you can find it by either:

Click the Add Service button near the top of the page.

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Screenshot of Sonicwall Pro230.

Use the Add a known service dropdown box to select Custom Service.

Put a name for this forward in the Name box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter so pick something that has meaning to you.

If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Left Port Range and the Right Port Range boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Left Port Range box and the highest number of that range into the Right Port Range box.

From the Protocol box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.

When you are done click the Add button.

Near the top of the page click the Rules button.

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Screenshot of Sonicwall Pro230.

Near the bottom of the page click the Add New Rule button.

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Screenshot of Sonicwall Pro230 port forward.

Select the Allow radio button.

In the Service dropdown box select the service you created.

Use the Source Interface dropdown box to pick WAN.

In the Source Addr Range Begin and Source Addr Range End box put *.

Choose LAN from the Destination Interface dropdown box.

Enter * into the Destination Addr Range Begin box.

You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Destination Addr Range End box. It's possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.

Click the Add or Apply button when you are all done.

Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Sonicwall Pro230 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.

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