Did you know that there is a way to convert your entire network to only one IP address? This method is known as network address translation, or NAT. That is only one use of the technology, however. It can also increase security and provide a smoother overall browsing experience depending on how it is used. This article will discuss the history of NAT and both the advantages and drawbacks of using it for your business network.
The History of NAT
NAT originated as a result of how the Internet in general and IPs specifically work. Any computer that accesses the Internet needs to have an IP address in order to do so. Because IP addresses have a limited number of digits, there are only so many of those addresses to go around. While this wasn't an issue in the early days of the Internet, it became an issue later on. As a workaround for this problem, NATs were born. Using an NAT means that your entire network has one IP address, through which many different computers can access the Internet. This limits the number of existing IP addresses that get used and can also have several security benefits when implemented properly.