The Sonic Wall filtering program is a firewall used by network administrators in school and work environments to prevent users from accessing certain types of Web pages. The program typically blocks websites that don't have any direct relevance to the organisation that runs the network, such as online games, chat rooms or pornographic Web pages. If the Sonic Wall filter is blocking a Web page you need to access, it is possible to get around the block by using a loophole. Sonic Wall only blocks the text address of the Web page and not the actual internet Protocol (IP) number your computer accesses when you type that address.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Navigate to one of the IP address look-up Web pages. Try each Web page until you find one that hasn't been blocked by your local Sonic Wall administrator.
Find the text box near the top of the IP look-up website. Type the Universal Resource Locater (URL) of the Web page you trying to visit.
Click on the "Get IP Address" button located under the text box. Wait for a new page to load that has the IP address of the Web page you want to visit.
Highlight the IP address, then copy it by pressing the "Ctrl" and "C" keys at the same time. Click inside the address navigation toolbar at the top of your Web browser. Paste the IP address by pressing the "Ctrl" and "V" keys at the same time.
Hit the "Enter" key to navigate to the Web page that was previously blocked by Sonic Wall.
Tips and warnings
- The Sonic Wall program requires the network administrator manually enter Web pages to be blocked. That administrator might be aware of the program's loopholes and might have already manually blocked all of the IP address look-up Web pages. You might have to find the IP address of the Web page you want to visit on a different computer that is not using the Sonic Wall filtering program.
- Make sure that visiting the blocked Web page is worth the trouble. Depending on the policies for the particular network you are using, there could be serious disciplinary action if the administrator finds out you are bypassing the Sonic Wall filtering program.
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