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This section describes Network Address Translation (NAT) and how to configure the firewall for NAT. NAT allows you to translate private, non-routable IPv4 addresses to one or more globally-routable IPv4 addresses, thereby conserving an organization’s routable IP addresses. NAT allows you to not disclose the real IP addresses of hosts that need access to public addresses and to manage traffic by performing port forwarding. You can use NAT to solve network design challenges, enabling networks with identical IP subnets to communicate with each other. The firewall supports NAT on Layer 3 and virtual wire interfaces.
The NAT64 option translates between IPv6 and IPv4 addresses, providing connectivity between networks using disparate IP addressing schemes, and therefore a migration path to IPv6 addressing. IPv6-to-IPv6 Network Prefix Translation (NPTv6) translates one IPv6 prefix to another IPv6 prefix. PAN-OS supports all of these functions.
If you use private IP addresses within your internal networks, you must use NAT to translate the private addresses to public addresses that can be routed on external networks. In PAN-OS, you create NAT policy rules that instruct the firewall which packet addresses and ports need translation and what the translated addresses and ports are.

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