In the Administrator page, you can configure a new administrator name, an administrator password, inactivity timeout, and login failure handling.

Administrator Name

The Administrator Name can be changed from the default setting of admin to any word using alphanumeric characters up to 30 characters in length. To create an new administrator name, enter the new name in the Administrator Name field. Click Update for the changes to take effect on the SonicWALL.

Change the Administrator Password

To set the password, enter the old password in the Old Password field, and the new password in the New Password field. Enter the new password again in the Confirm New Password field and click Update. Once the SonicWALL has been updated, a message confirming the update is displayed at the bottom of the browser window.

Tip! When setting the password for the first time, remember that the SonicWALL default password is “password”.

If the password is not entered exactly the same in both New Password fields, the password is not changed. If you mistype the password, you are not locked out of the SonicWALL.

Alert! The password cannot be recovered if it is lost or forgotten. If the password is lost, you must to reset the SonicWALL to its factory default state.

Administrator Inactivity Timeout

The Administrator Inactivity Timeout setting allows you to configure the length of inactivity that can elapse before you are automatically logged out of the Web Management Interface. The SonicWALL is preconfigured to log out the administrator after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Tip! If the Administrator Inactivity Timeout is extended beyond 5 minutes, you should end every management session by clicking Logout to prevent unauthorized access to the SonicWALL Web Management Interface.

Enter the desired number of minutes in the Administrator Inactivity Timeout section and click Update. The Inactivity Timeout can range from 1 to 99 minutes. Click Update, and a message confirming the update is displayed at the bottom of the browser window.

Login Failure Handling

You can configure the SonicWALL to lockout an administrator or a user if the login credentials are incorrect. Select Enable User Lockout on login failure to prevent users from attempting to log into the SonicWALL without proper authentication credentials. Enter the number of failed attempts before the user is locked out in the Lock out user after __ failed login attempts in a 1 minute period field. Enter the length of time that must elapse before the user attempts to log into the SonicWALL again in the Lockout Period (minutes) field.

Alert! If the administrator and a user are logging into the SonicWALL using the same source IP address, the administrator is also locked out of the SonicWALL. The lockout is based on the source IP address of the user or administrator.

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