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NAT for local originated packet



I've configured a Cisco 3725 w/ IOS 12.(4)21a to implement  natting for local originated packet going out towards a  specific IP destination

Basically I configured ip nat outside on the egress i/f /(serial 0/0.100)

interface Serial0/0.100 point-point

ip address

ip nat outside

ip virtual-reassembly


and ip nat inside source list TO-DST interface serial 0/0.100 in global configuration mode

ip access-list extended TO-DST

permit ip host host


ip nat inside source list TO-DST interface Serial0/0.100 overload


The C3725 has an entry for in IP RIB and pinging from this router to dst is ok. Now a question arises.....

How can the router perform NAT if ip nat inside command is not configured on any interfaces ?


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Hi Carlo ,

ip nat outside source lis/route-map - translates the source when flow is entering the outside and going to inside

ip nat inside destination - translate the destination when flow is entering the outside and goint to inside

If it's simple to remember : the command ip nat tells you were is the host/network that will be translated.



Thinking again about it.......

I think the "right" syntax for destination address translation of packets entering from outside and going to inside should be

ip nat outside destination instead of "ip nat inside destination"

After all here we are translating the Inside global (IG) address into Inside Local (IL) address as destination for a packet entering from outside i/f...

Does it make sense ?

Hi Carlo,

As far as I know "ip nat outside destination" is not available. Destination keyword is only available on ip nat inside and is used for load-balancing.

There are 2 types of nat : static and list ( acl and route-map ). The main difference between them is that static creates a bidirectional translation. This means that , unlinke the 'list' nat, the packet can be originated on any interface (outisde|inside).

In your case you need to configure a static nat. IOS will DNAT in case of a packet arriving on the outside interface with the destination of Outside Global according to your nat statement



Thanks Dan for the answer....

The spirit of the question asked to clarify doubts about terminology: if I understand correctly the configuration statement ip nat inside destination (used for load-balancing ....) perform translation of packets' destination address entering from outside interface (following configured rules of course)... that address is mapped to a 'real' server address chosen into a 'rotary' servers pool ....

Now, if that is right, the router is translating the inside global address in an inside local (the address of the choosen sever in the pool) ... so, based on this reasonings, I was thinking about the syntax ip nat ouside destination instead of 'ip nat inside destination'....


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