Sonicwall Gateway Antivirus Causes Slow Downloads



HOWTO: Speed up Sonicwall Downloads

We found that our Sonicwall would cause all downloads to start very fast, slow down quickly, and eventually stop. This occurred with major corporate download sites. The download went to low KB/s before dying. A download time estimate would indicate hours and days remaining.

We discovered that turning off the gateway antivirus allowed normal download speeds. However, because we want the benefit of the gateway antivirus, we would enable and disable the entire gateway antivirus security system.

This was very burdensome so we found that it could be resolved by:

      1. Login to your sonicwall device.
      2. Change the end of the url from main.html to diag.html
        1. You will see: Internal Settings – to be used only at the direction of Technical Support
        2. Change Security Services settings:
          1. Check Enable enforcement of a limit on maximum allowed advertised TCP window with any DPI-based service enabled.
          2. Change the value of Set a limit on maximum allowed advertised TCP window with any DPI-based service enabled (KBytes) from 64 to 512.
        3. Change Routing and Network settings:
          1. Check Enable TCP packet option tagging.
          2. Check Fix/ignore malformed TCP headers.
          3. Check Clear DF (Don’t Fragment) Bit.
        4. Go to the top of the page and click Apply.

Downloads will now function at full speed.

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