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Re: Where NAT disenfranchises the end-user ...
From: Adam McKenna <adam-nanog () flounder net>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 00:31:11 -0700


On Thu, Sep 06, 2001 at 10:29:21PM -0700, Roeland Meyer wrote:

|> From: Eric A. Hall [mailto:ehall () ehsco com]
|> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 9:49 PM

|> > "Charles Sprickman" <spork () inch com>
|> 
|> > NAT has it's place, and we have many happy customers that are quite
|> > pleased with their NAT'd connections; some simple, some fancy.
|> 
|> NATs are a band-aid.

ip_masq started out as a cheap way to cheat ISPs that wouldn't allocate IP
addrs to dial-up users (home users have no need for a LAN?), or wanted to
charge an arm'n'leg for every IP addr. This irked the Linux community
sufficiently that they wrote a "cure". Unfortunately, the popularity of the
"cure" superceded the need.

Erm, sorry, but NAT was alive and well on Cisco routers long before it was in
the Linux kernel.

--Adam

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