NAT Protocol Simplified Explanation

  • The purpose of NAT protocol is to reduce usage of public IPs
  • A host needs a public IP to connect to Internet
  • If the host is part of a LAN with a gateway router, a host can use private IP to make requests to public Internet.
  • The public Internet would see that all the requests are originating from a LAN (i.e. the gateway router)
  • A router has a local LAN IP and a public IP.
  • The request flows as following:
    • A local host in the LAN can make a request to a web server on Internet.
    • The host request goes frpm local host IP and port to the local gateway.
    • The gateway maintains a NAT table.
      • An entry in the NAT table will have the source and destination mapping
        --------------------------------------------------------------------
        Local Host IP | Local Host port | Gateway public IP | Gateway port |
        --------------------------------------------------------------------
        
        • The gateway creates a port that maps request to and from the local host to the public Internet web server.
        • Hence the public server would always see the gateway IP and port and LAN host would be anonymous.
      • NAT is essentially a kind of multiplexing local hosts requests over gateways single IP and multiple ports, assigned to each local host.

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