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RE: Where NAT disenfranchises the end-user ...
From: Roeland Meyer <rmeyer () mhsc com>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 11:04:04 -0700

|> From: Jon Mansey [mailto:jon_mansey () verestar com]
|> Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 10:26 AM
|> It seems a pretty simple argument to me.
|> Do I want as many people using (and maybe _buying_, what a concept!) 
|> my app as possible with the least amount of network clue and setup 
|> headaches, or do I want to eliminate most of the corporate, SOHO, 
|> cable, DSL, Linux population because I cant be bothered to 
|> develop my app to be NAT-friendly.
|> Duh!

Since when, is an app supposed to care what's in the middle? Even firewalls
are supported by middle-ware. NAT boundaries aren't. That's because NAT
boundaries are unpredictable in both presence and character. As the man
said, there is no NATpd so the end-points have to do all the work. Note
that, it is the *only* boundary method where this is so. This is the
fundimental reason that NAT is architectural fubar.

|> All the previous times this discussion has arisen here, I have 
|> concluded that "real" IPs should only be owned and used by 
|> folks with clue, everyone else gets a NATed IP. Discuss.

I sincerely hope that you are not telling your customers that they have full
internet access. Also, is a quiz required to be a customer of yours? Is it a
standardized test? Most customers, given such an opportunity, will find
another ISP. They don't know, they don't want to know, and they will find
someone that won't make them know.

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