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Network Address Translation (NAT)

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Every device on the Internet has an IP address. The IP address serves as the device’s identification – much like how a phone number identifies a particular phone. When devices communicate on the Internet, they are sending data from their IP address to the IP address of their intended destination. Sometimes, while data is en […]

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NAT Terminology Disambiguation

If you’ve made it here, then at this point you should have a solid understanding of each of the four types of translation that can exist: Static NAT, Static PAT, Dynamic PAT, and Dynamic NAT. Moreover, you have an understanding of Policy NAT and Twice NAT, which are simply two different ways of implementing the […]

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Policy NAT and Twice NAT

Every type of NAT we have discussed so far have two things in common. The first is that only the source of the packet is used to make a NAT decision. The second is that only the source of the outbound packet is translated. Policy NAT and Twice NAT are two ways of performing any […]

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Dynamic NAT

According to the definitions outlined in the NAT Terminology article, a Dynamic NAT implies a translation of just the IP address, where the post-translation attributes are selected by the router. In a Dynamic NAT, a multitude of hosts with private IP addresses can share an equal or fewer amount of public IP addresses. It may […]

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Dynamic PAT

According to the definitions outlined in the NAT Terminology article, a Dynamic PAT implies a translation of the IP address and Port, where the post-translation attributes are selected by the router. Dynamic PAT is the most common of the types of address translation we will discuss in this article series. Dynamic PAT is used any […]