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Meaning of PORT ADDRESS TRANSLATION

 
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(PAT) A function provided by some routers which allows hosts on a lan to communicate with the rest of a network (such as the internet) without revealing their own private ip address. All outbound packets have their IP address translated to the routers external IP address. Replies come back to the router which then translates them back into the private IP address of the original host for final delivery.

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