freezes MacBookPro with 100% cpu usage
When I move between networks (for instance when I go from office to home) , sonicwall mobile connect freezes my MacBookPro 11,3 OSX 10.11. it keeps burning CPU usage on 100% and doesn’t repond and I have to force quit it.
Works with El Cap after NetExtender Crashes
After upgrading to El Capitan, netextender stopped working. After troubleshooting it briefly a forum mentioned that still Mac Store App worked. Lo and be hold it did and got us running again after upgrades. We even have 2-factor authentication. I haven’t used it long enough to test if it crashes much, but jsut being able to connect is nice.
Thrashes your CPU if it can’t connect
When it works it seems to work fine. However, one key annoyance is whenever I return to my office having used Sonicwall to VPN in from home, the process just thrashes the CPU trying to reconnect (which it can’t from our corporate network due to how our routing rules are setup). You can kill the Sonicwall app but your CPU continues to thrash (and thereby demolishing your battery life). What you need to do is go into Activity Monitor and kill the “neagent” process. Then you’ll get your CPU and fan back. Please fix this.
Works Just Fine - Don’t let the bad ratings scare you!
This client works great, but you do have to set things up porperly. I had to go through a little learning curve, but got it to work fine. First of all, your SonicWall needs to have the latest formware, or at very least something within the last year or so. This is key. You can't expect a current version of a sensitive application like a VPN client to run with old firmware on the firewall? It goes against safe VPN concepts. * I had the issue with the client not disconnecting and had to reboot my older Mac, but once I updated formware on the firewall and configured the firewall porperly, the permanent disconnting error went a way. The other thing to know is that it uses “Search Domains” for DNS on the firewall side. Without proper configuration on the firewal side, nothing will resolve correctly over the VPN tunnel. This is by design. It works perfectly once you set up proper searches. The “How To” docs are ok, but not that easy to find unless you really know what to hunt for. I admit, I lamost gave up. But once I found what I was looking for, I got it configured pretty quickly and am now convinced it’s fairly decent VPN client!
Half the speed of NetExtender in a Windows 10 VM
After having my staff create support tickets regarding the speed of NetExtender on OS X, I started seeking a solution- auditing bandwidth management and firewall rules on my NSA 3500, tweaking the cipher suites, ect, and the speed to bring data from the office to a remote user over SonicWall Mobile connect was always disappointing. Then I had a “what if?” and installed NetExtender client in a Windows 10 VM on the same Mac. Speedtests run through the VM/NetExtender are twice as fast as done natively through SWMC on OS X. Even old Java-needing NetExtender on OS X is faster than the shiny new App Store app. Bottom line: slow app is slow. It works, but have patience if you have to transfer files. You’re gonna be frustrated. Which basically summarizes everything around SonicWall products and MacOS.