Tonight I discovered that not only can I not connect to the Internet with my sweet Droid X over wifi through my SonicWall TZ210, I can bring said SonicWall to its knees with the Droid.
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A couple months ago I picked up a Droid X to replace my trusty BlackBerry. I was pretty pumped about being able to use wifi as Verizon’s signal is a little weak at my house. But it doesn’t work here through this TZ 210. Oh, my Droid works fine on wifi at the office through another SonicWall, same OS and similarly configured; and my BlackBerry Bold worked just fine through this firewall too. So, what’s the deal?
A couple weeks ago after searching the web I discovered others who were having the same issue with ‘droid’s over SonicWall’s, but no one had a solution.
Well, tonight I finally sat down to figure this out. I turned on wifi on my Droid X & opened my browser. After a couple seconds it was obvious that there was no joy. So I checked my Droid’s IP address and tried to ping it from my Windows 7 laptop connected to the same WLAN. No go. Next I tried to ping the SonicWall’s WLAN IP address from the Droid. Again, no go. Oh, don’t worry, I know I can ping the SonicWall’s WLAN as I have a continuous ping running on my laptop.
After trying to ping that interface a couple more times from the Droid my laptop lost connection to the SonicWall. This actually happened a couple days ago when I turned on the Droid’s wifi interface for a few minutes and tried to do something else with it. Certainly just running a couple basic network diagnostics from the Droid couldn’t affect the SonicWall, could it?
Now it was on. I want to know what the heck is going on so I started numerous continuous pings on my laptop (namely to the SW WLAN, the Droid’s address, and Google) and from an external source to the SonicWall, then moved to the Droid. I enabled its wifi, verified the IP address, then started to ping the SW WLAN. After the fourth try the pings running on the laptop started to timeout. Soon as I turned off wifi on the Droid they came back to life. Of course there isn’t anything in the SonicWall’s default log. Oh, I did receive three replies from the Droid’s address just after enabling wifi.
What in the world could be causing this? Why can’t my Droid X connect to the Internet, or ping the WLAN interface on the SonicWall? Why/how could just pinging the SonicWall from the Droid take down my WLAN?
At this point I just don’t know and due to the lateness of the hour I’ll have to continue the quest later. . . Stay tuned.