Netopia 3346N-ENT User Guide (en)

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IP Setup   7-1
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Netopia Firmware Version 8.6.1 uses Internet Protocol (IP) to communicate both locally and with remote 
networks. This chapter shows you how to configure the gateway to route IP traffic. You also learn how to 
configure the gateway to ser ve IP addresses to hosts on your local network.
Netopia’s IP routing features Network Address Translation and IP address ser ving.
This section covers the following topics:
Network Address Translation allows communication between the LAN connected to the Router and the Internet 
using a single (or a few) IP address(es) instead of a routed account with separate IP addresses for each 
computer on the network.
Network Address Translation also provides increased security by hiding the local IP addresses of the LAN 
connected to the Netopia gateways from the outside world.
The setup is simpler, so ISPs typically offer Internet accounts suppor ting Network Address Translation at a 
significant cost savings.
For a detailed discussion of Network Address Translation, see