NAT (Network Address Translation)

The increase of the Internet users has consumed IPv4 addresses rapidly. And to continue with these addresses various techniques have used by organizations. One of teh techniques that is used to use IPv4 addresses effectively is NAT (Network Address Translation). And there are different NAT Types. In this lesson, we will talk about each of them briefly. You can also check these types of NAT in special lesson related to them.


As you know there are Public and Private IP Addresses. The Public IP Addresses are used to reach to the Internet and they can be routed on Internet. But the Private IP Addresses are used within an organization only, because they can not be routed on Internet.


With NAT (Network Address Translation), we can use a Private IP Address millions of times all over the world inside our networks and still we can access to the Internet. Here, Network Address Translation provides the translation from Private IP Address to the Public IP Address. We are connecting Internet with our Private IP Address, but in real at the backplane, our router is connecting Internet via Public IP Address.


With NAT, not only Private to Public IP Address translation is used. Beside, Public to Puclic or Private to Private translations are also done via Network Address Translation. But the first one is most common.


Network Address Translation is also used for Network Security. With NAT you can hide your network from the outside of the world. Because by using various types of NAT, the remote node that you connect over Internet, only knows your Public IP Address. It do not have any idea about your local Private IP Address.


There are diffefent NAT Types used in networking. These types of NAT are used in various purposes. Below, you can find each of these NAT types.


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NAT Types

NAT (Network Address Translation) can be used in different ways in any network. So, there are some common NAT Types. These types of NAT are given below:


So, let’s explain these NAT types one by one.


Static NAT

Static NAT is of the types of NAT that is used for One-to-One Translation of Ports or IP Addresses. In other words, for example in this NAT type, one Private IP Address is mapped to one Public IP Address.


In Static NAT, if you do your firewall setting well, then a Public IP can access to your Internal user. Because, here, IP translation is being done One-to-One.


Below, there is an example of Static NAT. In this Static NAT Example, each Private IP Address is translated to a specific Public IP Address. For example, is translated to




Dynamic NAT

Dynamic NAT is one of the NAT types that is used with a Public IP Address Pool and works with more than one Public IP Address. Here, multiple Private IP Addresses are mapped to a Pool of Public IP Addresses.And these IP Addresses are given to the Internal users randomly. So, it is difficult to reach any Internal user from outside.


Dynamic NAT is used when the number of internal Internet users are known.


Below, there is an example of Dynamic NAT. In this Dynamic NAT Example, each Private IP Address is translated to a specific Public IP Address in Public IP Pool. The translation is random. For example, is translated to




PAT (NAT Overload)

PAT (Port Address Translation) is one of the NAT types that is also known as NAT Overload. Here, many Private IP Addresses are translated to one Public IP Address. The traffic distinguisher in PAT are Port Numbers,  TCP/UDP ports are used in PAT (NAT Overload).


Each IP Address’s traffic is determined by these ports. If you have many Intrenet user in a location, this type of NAT is very useful for you.


Below, there is an example of PAT (NAT Overload). In this PAT Example, Private IP Addresses are translated to a specific Public IP Address with the help of Port Numbers. For example, is translated to




NAT Key Terms

By the way, there are some terms that we must explain in this lesson about Network Address Translation. These NAT terms are given below:


  • Inside Local: The IP addresses of the host inside the network. For example: Your PC’s private IP address
  • Inside Global: Public address assigned from Service Provider which represents one or more inside local IP addresses of the devices to the outside world
  • Outside Local: Outside host’s IP address as it appears to the inide network. It is routable inside that network.
  • Outside Global: The routable Public IP addresses assigned to outside network


Let’s explain these Network Address Translation terms with an example.


NAT Terms
At the above example, there are two hosts, two routers and a server. Here, we will explain NAT terms from host A’s perspective. Host A will reach Server C and Host B over internet. And on Router A, Network Address Translation is enabled.


Host A has a private ip address, and this is our Inside Local Address. With this address Host A can not rach to Internet. So, it uses Ruter A’s public ip address, and this is our Inside Global Address.


There is a Router B and Server C on the above screen. The interface ip addresses of these devices are Outside Global Addresses. These addresses are and Host B has a private ip address that is used in its local network. But Host A sees its global ip address as Outside Local Address. So, our ouside local address is also


As a summary our NAT terms will be like below:

  • Inside Local Address–
  • Inside Global Address–
  • Outside Global Address–,
  • Outside Local Address–


In this lesson, we have seen types of NAT. We have checked NAT types like static, dynamic and pat. Beside NAT types, we have also learned the key terms used in Network Address Translation.

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