NAT Loopback and 1-to-1 NAT

NAT loopback enables a user on the trusted or optional networks to connect to a public server with the public IP address or domain name of the server, if the server is on the same physical Firebox interface. To help you understand how to configure NAT loopback when you use 1-to-1 NAT, we give this example:

Company ABC has an HTTP server on the Firebox trusted interface. The company uses a 1-to-1 NAT rule to map the public IP address to the internal server. The company wants to allow users on the trusted interface to use the public IP address or domain name to access this public server.

For this example, we assume an existing 1-to-1 NAT configuration:

  • The trusted interface is configured with a primary network,
  • The HTTP server is physically connected to the network on the trusted interface, and it has the IP address of
  • The trusted interface is also configured with a secondary network,
  • A server with public IP address is mapped with a 1-to-1 NAT rule to a host on the internal network.

The example 1-to-1 NAT configuration has these settings:

Interface — External. NAT Base —, Real Base —

Sscreen shot of 1-to-1 NAT configuration settingss
The existing 1-to-1 NAT configuration in Fireware Web UI

Screen shot of the Add 1-to-1 NAT mapping dialog box
The existing 1-to-1 configuration in Policy Manager

To enable NAT loopback for all users connected to the trusted interface, you must:

  1. Make sure that there is a 1-to-1 NAT entry for each interface that traffic uses when internal computers get access to the public IP address with a NAT loopback connection.

For this example, you must add one more 1-to-1 NAT mapping to apply to traffic that starts from the trusted interface. The new 1-to-1 mapping is the same as the previous one, except that the Interface is set to Trusted instead of External.

Sscreen shot of the 1-to-1 NAT Configuration - Trusted
The 1-to-1 NAT mapping in Fireware Web UI

Screen shot of the Add 1-to-1 Mapping dialog box - Trusted
The 1-to-1 NAT mapping in Policy Manager

After you add the second 1-to-1 NAT entry, the Firebox has two 1-to-1 NAT mappings; one for External and one for Trusted.

Interface — External, NAT Base —, Real Base —
Interface — Trusted, NAT Base —, Real Base —

  1. Add a Dynamic NAT entry for every network on the interface that the server is connected to.
  • The From field for the Dynamic NAT entry is the network IP address of the network from which computers get access to the 1-to-1 NAT IP address with NAT loopback.
  • The To field for the Dynamic NAT entry is the NAT base address in the 1-to-1 NAT mapping.

For this example, the trusted interface has two networks defined, and we want to allow users on both networks to get access to the HTTP server with the public IP address or host name of the server. We must add two Dynamic NAT entries.

In the Dynamic NAT tab of the NAT configuration, add two dynamic NAT rules: – –

Screen shot of the NAT Setup dialog box - Dynamic NAT tab
The Dynamic NAT configuration in Policy Manager

If you plan to use NAT loopback with a large number of IP addresses, you can specify an IP address range or subnet in the To field of the Dynamic NAT rule.

  1. Add a policy to allow users on your trusted network to use the public IP address or domain name to get access to the public server on the trusted network. For this example:




Screen shot of the New Policy Properties dialog box
The NAT loopback policy in Policy Manager

Sscreen shot of the NAT loopback policy example settings
The NAT loopback policy in Fireware Web UI

The public IP address that users want to connect to is

See Also

About NAT Loopback

Configure Firewall 1-to-1 NAT