Sonicwall nodes question

A client of mine purchased a Sonicwall TZ300 I believe.  I set it up (don't like it at all), and noticed something strange.  It says it's licenced for 5 nodes.

Question: does this mean he can only have 5 devices connected to the Internet?  He has 8 computers and another 6 phones (VOiP).

Thanks all.
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
Yes, that is exactly what it means.
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
See here. This is the same issue that you are experiencing. Should point you the right direction. You may need to purchase more licenses or an unlimited license.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/27858243/The-SonicWALL-is-licensed-for-5-Nodes-Users-0-in-use.html
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Andrew CeohanSys & Net AdminCommented:
Incorrect Soulja.  Dan, that number is referring to SSL VPN Nodes/Users.  That means if you also wanted to use the SonicWALL as a SSL VPN vpn concentrator you only have 5 lics out of the box.  To see exactly what you have licenses for, click on the hamburger menu at the bottom to get out of the new gui, once your out, on the left click on System and then Status.  That page should show you a good deal of info on what is licased and how many connections the firewall currently is seeing VS what is configured MAX depending on how you set it up.  What license was purchased with this unit?  It should be registered under your client's or your mysonicwall.com account.

To be honest, SonicWALL's firewalls are very good if licensed and configured correctly.  Let me know if you have other questions.
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
thanks a ton all, we be ok
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Wayne88Commented:
I think Soulja was correct.  I think if you purchased Sonicwal without Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite Bundle then you are only limited to 5 nodes.

http://help.sonicwall.com/help/sw/eng/published/1315440610_5.8.1/System_activationView.html

There is a separate line for SSL VPN.  The first line that says nodes/users is definitely not for SSL VPN.  See pic below.

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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
Thank you Wayne88! The author will realize it later..lol!
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Andrew CeohanSys & Net AdminCommented:
Wayne88, just called SonicWALL pre-sales.  No restrictions with users/nodes on a TZ300 without security subscriptions.
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Wayne88Commented:
Thanks for verifying Andrew.  I am not sure why that line showed 5 nodes for OP.
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Hi all,

SonicWALL has not restricted nodes since Gen 4 (2007)! A node is defined as anything that receives an IP address. The TZ300 is a Gen 6 device so again there are no Node restrictions on it. It does have other licensing restrictions such as VPNs:
S2S VPN: 10
IPSec VPNs: comes with 1, maxes out at 5
SSL-VPNs: comes with 1, maxes out at 10.

Andrew was correct.

Question: does this mean he can only have 5 devices connected to the Internet?  He has 8 computers and another 6 phones (VOiP).
No you do not need to procure anymore licenses to do this as the device is unrestricted.

Hope that helps!
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Andrew CeohanSys & Net AdminCommented:
Sure thing, was confused as I've never seen that in any of our new SonicWALL's when we first fire them up.  That's why I was trying to steer Dan towards the licensing/status page to help clarify what exactly that unit had.  At any rate, if the unit DOES have some sort of Node/User restriction I would call SonicWALL support and get that fixed.  I would also not run a firewall without a security subscription in the first place if thats whats on the TZ300 anyway.
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Wayne88Commented:
Agree, he should ask Sonicwall and yes Sonicwall is awesome.  I have used other routers/firewall and I always come back to recommending Sonicwall products.  I recommend it.
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks all.  I'll check out the subscription thing.  What does it give you that other business routers don't?  I usually use RV042's and TP Link routers.
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Wayne88Commented:
Dan, the Sonicwall is a corporate class UTM and is very flexible.  It's in the same class as Sophos and Cisco appliances.

You cannot compare RV042 and TP Link products to Sonicwall.  You're comparing a home grade router to corporate class appliances.
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J SpoorTMECommented:
SonicWall has no node license, when it is registered!

If you are seeing a restriction on nodes, this means that the firewall is not registered yet. And indeed defaults to 5 nodes.
A node is concurrent IP's behind the firewall.
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Wayne88, I use TP-Link Business class routers as seen below.  I'm still confused on what the Sonicwall gives that the TP link doesn't.  The Sonicwall seemed more SOHO than the TP-Link, The TP-Link is even rack mountable and has power on the rear and ports and lights on the front, the Sonicwall is built to be sitting on a desk.  I'm sure it's fine, just confused on how it is superior.

https://www.cnet.com/products/tp-link-safestream-tl-er6020-router-desktop-rack-mountable/specs/
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J SpoorTMECommented:
Dan, you clearly don't know SonicWall... They have both rackmount as well as desktop models and have a superior IPS and Gateway AV engine, as well as ATP sandboxing. They are far superior to TP-Link. Especially when you want to prevent ransomware and malware, as well as protecting your network against intrusions.
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks J Spoor.
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