Static PAT (Port Forwarding)


You are a trainee for a large international website covering a wide range of topics on automobiles. You are using NAT and PAT for connectivity to the Internet but you also have a number of hosts on your internal network. You need to make sure that the Webserver and Mailserver are reachable from the Internet.


  • All IP addresses have been preconfigured for you.
  • Configure router PAT so all internal devices are able to reach the Internet.
  • Configure router PAT so the Web- and Mailserver are reachable from the Internet.
  • Ensure router Internet doesn’t know about the /24 network.

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Static PAT Port Forwarding

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  1. Hi Rene,
    Not a big problem, but I am curious about the last task.
    [b][i]”Ensure router Internet doesn’t know about the /24 network.”[/i][/b]

    Although the translations continue to work correctly, the Internet router can still ping the internal devices.

    Ping (from Internet router)
    This still translates, but it allows the Internet to know the internal IP addressing.
    This is small issue, but I am curious how I might block this ability (in this scenario).


  2. Hello Mark,

    Once we configure NAT or PAT in this scenario the Internet router will only see the IP address because of the translation. That doesn’t stop it from using a static route or something to reach the /24 network. If you want to block this 100% you’ll just need to use an access-list.

    If this were a real network you should have an access-list on the inbound interface of the NAT/PAT router so not all traffic will be accepted. It’s even better to configure a [b]reflexive access-list[/b], it will make sure that inbound traffic from the Internet will always be dropped unless it was originated from the LAN. If you never configured a reflexive access-list before than you should take at my lab:

    Let me know if you have more questions.


  3. aaaaah okay. That was the answer I was looking for — Reflexive Access-Lists. I knew there was a solution.

    Thanks again for your website. FYI: I lost my CCDP, and I am starting from the beginning again (from CCNA). Your labs completely made me slow down this time, and practice more (not just trying to pass another exam).

    I am getting your CCNP book. Big Value, considering all of the free labs.

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