How do I block or allow a games console through the Smoothwall?

Article #:

Product

Castle

KB-190

Guardian

Any

Summary

Games consoles use a large number of ports to connect to online services. These by default are most likely blocked on the Smoothwall.

Problem

Using both web filter policies and firewall rules, Smoothwall can be used to prevent or allow access to online functionality for games consoles.

Solution

You will need to create a web filter policy that includes the Games Consoles category in an allow policy. For help with creating web filter policies, please see this article.

From your firewall you will need to allow the below ports for each console type. For help with this, please see this article.

Xbox

TCP:

  • 53
  • 80
  • 443
  • 3074

UDP:

  • 53
  • 88
  • 500
  • 3074
  • 3544

 

Information sourced from here.

Playstation

For Playstations, you may need to set up an authentication policy with the behaviour set to “Allow Transparent HTTPS incompatible sites and filter others using name from certificate”. For help with setting up an authentication policy, please see this article.

The games console policy will need whitelisting rather than just allowing if Playstations are required.

TCP:

  • 53
  • 80
  • 443
  • 5223

UDP:

  • 53
  • 3478
  • 3479
  • 3658

 

Information sourced from here.

Nintendo

TCP:

  • 80
  • 443
  • 6667
  • 12400
  • 28910
  • 29900
  • 29901
  • 29920

UDP:  

  • 1:65535

 

Information sourced from here.

Steam

TCP:

  • 27014:27050

UDP:

  • 3478
  • 4380
  • 27000:27037

 

Information sourced from here.

Origin

TCP:

  • 80
  • 443
  • 1024:1124
  • 3216
  • 9960:9969
  • 18000
  • 18120
  • 18060
  • 27900
  • 28910
  • 29900

UDP:

  • 1024:1124
  • 18000
  • 29900

 

Information sourced from here.

Note

Please note that the information contained in this article is correct at the time of publishing.

Attribution:

Last updated:

Author:

Contributions by:

12 September 2017

Will Laycock-Smith

 

 

 


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