Networking Introduction

Introduces topics in the PAN-OS Networking Administrator’s Guide
Networking is the fundamental building block of the firewalls because they must be able to receive data, process it, and forward it. When configuring the Ethernet ports on your firewall, you can choose from tap, virtual wire, Layer2, Layer 3, or AE interface deployments. In addition, to allow you to integrate into a variety of network segments, you can configure different types of interfaces on different ports.
To begin networking, you should first access the Getting Started topic in the PAN-OS
Administrator's Guide. There you learn about segmenting your network and you Configure Interfaces and Zones; that initial task illustrates how to configure Layer 3 interfaces to connect to the internet, your internal network, and your data center applications.
This PAN-OS Networking Administrator's Guide elaborates on that information with topics on how to configure tap, virtual wire, Layer 2, Layer 3, and AE interfaces. After your network interfaces have been configured, you can Export Configuration Table Data as a PDF or CSV for internal review or audits.
This guide also explains how the firewall supports multiple virtual routers to obtain Layer 3 routes to other subnets and to maintain separate sets of routes. The remaining chapters describe static routes, dynamic routing protocols, and the major features that support networking on the firewall.
You may decide to enable Advanced Routing. The Advanced Routing Engine uses logical routers instead of virtual routers.

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