The sys admin’s daily grind: Netstat-nat

NAT MATTERS

Article from Issue 88/2008
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Without Network Address Translation (NAT) on many LANs, the IPv4 Internet address space would have been exhausted years ago. Still, it’s probably a good idea to check what comes through your NAT connections.

From a topology point of view, LANs are the Internet’s hidden flaw. Many public hosts are actually gateways behind which any number of computers with private IPs might reside.

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