The Preference page includes tools for managing your SonicWALL settings, uploading new firmware, and activating additional SonicWALL upgrades.

Tip! SonicWALL recommends saving (exporting) the SonicWALL settings to a file before upgrading firmware.

Importing Settings File

To import a settings file:

  1. Click Import in the Preferences page.

  2. Click Browse to locate a settings file which was saved using Export.

  3. Select the file, and click Import.

  4. Restart the SonicWALL for the settings to take effect.

Alert! The Web browser used to Import Settings must support HTTP uploads. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher, as well as Netscape Navigator 4.0 and higher, are recommended.

Export Settings File

To save the SonicWALL configuration information as a file:

  1. Click Export in the Preferences page.

  2. Click Export again to download the settings file. Then choose the location to save the settings file. The file is named sonicwall.exp by default, but it can be renamed.

  3. Click Save to save the file. This process can take up to a minute.

Restore Factory Default Settings

You can reset the SonicWALL to its factory default configuration state by clicking Restore. The only configuration settings that are not reset are the SonicWALL LAN IP Addresss, Subnet Mask, and Gateway (Router) Address. Only use this feature if you want to discard all other configuration preferences.

  1. Click Restore on the Preferences page to restore factory default settings.

  2. Click Yes, and then restart the SonicWALL for the change to take effect.

Alert! Back up your configuration using Export Settings File before clicking Restore.

Installation Wizard

The SonicWALL Installation Wizard simplifies the initial installation and configuration of the SonicWALL. This Wizard provides a series of menu-driven instructions for setting the administrator password and configuring the settings necessary to access the Internet.

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