I have an Adtran NetVanta 3448 and a Sonicwall NSA 3500 that at long last I have established a site-to-site IKE/IPSec VPN connection over. The tunnel shows as up from both ends.

From Site A (SonicWall), I can contact Site B (Adtran). I can NOT Contact Site A from Site B. Here's a quick look at how I'm set up:

  • Site A - / (LAN) --> X.X.131.90 (WAN)
  • Site B - / (LAN) --> X.X.58.218 (WAN)

Upon running a packet inspection from the SonicWall (Site A), it is showing that the packets from X.X.58.218 (Site B WAN) are being CONSUMED rather than FORWARDED.

Can anyone help to point me in the right direction on what might be causing traffic to only flow one way?

  • Consumed on SonicOS means that there is something in the config thats causing the packets not to be forwarded. Usually an ACL or no Route. Since its a L2L tunnel & sonicOS automatically creates the routes. Double check the ACL allow entries from Site B. Or your destination/local network list in the VPN tunnel config on the Sonicwall.
    – LucentMoon
    Aug 23, 2014 at 15:32
  • Lucient moon is incorrect. Dropped indicates that the packet did not reach it's destination or was blocked for some reason. When this occurs, SonicWall will tag the packet with a drop code and/or module ID. You can find out exactly what that means here, but "Consumed" is usually followed by a "forwarded". It may not show forwarded when going over the VPN tunnel though - my memory fails me on this point. Mar 9, 2015 at 4:45
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This depends on the firewall rules you have. So, on SonicWall, if you enable source to communicate with, but on the Adtran you didn't allow the same, the traffic will drop on the Adtran. But if the traffic is allowed on Adtran, then it will pass and response will pass as well .. This has to work both ways.

If the source is, then on both firewalls, you have to allow source to communicate with

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