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Sonicwall TZ-170 Port Forwarding Guide

All Sonicwall TZ-170 routers have a basic firewall that protects your home network from unwanted Internet access. The firewall works by blocking any incoming or outgoing connections that are not authorized. This allows you to access the Internet just fine but some online gaming or programs will run much smoother if additional connections (ports) are allowed through the firewall. In order to allow more connections through the firewall you need to create a port forward for the device or console you are wanting to run the program or game on.

On this page we will show you how to:

  1. setup a static IP address on the device or console you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. login to the Sonicwall TZ-170 router.
  3. find the port forwarding section in the router interface.
  4. make a port forward on the Sonicwall TZ-170 router.

Don't worry, I will walk you through each of the steps.



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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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guide to setup a static IP address.


TIP: Write this static IP address down. You need it a little later in the process.

Step 2

It is now time to login to the Sonicwall TZ-170 router. This router has a web interface, meaning you need to login using a web browser.

p>It normally does not matter which web browser you decide to use, I recommend using one you are familiar with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox.

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


Sonicwall TZ-170 address-bar-circled
192.168.1.1

In the image above I have circled the address bar for you. All you need to do is replace what is currently in the address bar with the router's IP address. Your router's IP address can also be called the computer's default gateway.



By default the Sonicwall TZ-170 router has an IP address of: 192.168.1.1



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

Sonicwall TZ-170 Screenshot 1

If you do not see the above image or a similar one asking for a username and password you need to find out what the router's IP address is. To do this simply follow the instructions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

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

  • The Default Sonicwall TZ-170 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Sonicwall TZ-170 Router Password is: password

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Sonicwall TZ-170 router.

Sonicwall Usernames and Passwords

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

  • How about trying to guess what it was changed to. During initial configuration, most router's encourage you to change the username and password because they are so insecure. If you need a little extra help with the guessing process, try our Find Password App.

  • If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Sonicwall TZ-170 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Sonicwall TZ-170 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 System Status page in your router:

Sonicwall TZ-170 Screenshot 2

First, click the Firewall option in the left sidebar.

This opens up new options. Click the new option of Services.

Sonicwall TZ-170 Screenshot 3

You should now see a page like the one above. Click the option of Add in the center section of the page.

Sonicwall TZ-170 Screenshot 4
Step 4

Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP Address to forward to should be the same "static ip address" that you setup above)

Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on your choices above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. You should fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:

Don't forget to click the OK button when you are finished.

And that is it! You are done!


Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Sonicwall TZ-170 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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