Got Strict NAT on your Xbox 360 behind Sonicwall firewall devices?

Yeah, me too….  and it is only since Sonicwall updated the firmware to fix this DNS vulnerability.

The problem is, as you know if you are reading this, it means that you cannot play online games in “full” as the video or voice with other Xbox gamers will not work correctly etc.  If you read this article from Microsoft, it explains the issue further.

It will not matter, even if you open up the ports detailed in this article, you are still going to get the “Strict NAT” result from the Xbox Live test.

LIVE test connection

Now the good news…

I have been…   well for lack of a better word…  “Bitching” at Sonicwall, and in fairness to them they have engineering working on seeing if they can get this fixed, while at the same time not opening up the DNS vulnerability again.

Fingers crossed people!



  8 Replies to “Got Strict NAT on your Xbox 360 behind Sonicwall firewall devices?”

  1. this_guy
    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    any word?

  2. NickWhittome
    July 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Yes… I have a build for the NSA240 that it is now giving me Moderate NAT again. I do not know when it will be released.

  3. gearsofwarsucks
    July 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm


  4. lmcs1987
    July 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    so its basically the updates that are causing problems? And the only way to fix it is for them to come out with another update?

  5. NickWhittome
    July 29, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Yes, its rather crappy….

    Call Sonicwall, and give out, and get a patch for the moment. THe more people that do, the more chance they will finally fix this forever.

  6. September 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Is there any newz on wether this fix will be public?

  7. Brian
    December 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    So if you call SW, they will give you a patch upgrade for free? I have a TZ-180 w/enhanced OS ( and I have the same problem with my Xbox Live, even after I opened ports 80, 88, 53, and 3074.

  8. Steve
    July 1, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I have a TZ 210, and have the same problem, anyone know if this has been fixed by Sonicwall?

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