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L0 Member

Hi all,

We have a brand new 2050 that is going to be used to support a school district with about 5000 students.... so we expect, eventually,  to have about 5000 to 6000 hosts going out to the internet. And we have access to a full class C public block.

The question that I have is: should we set this PA2050 to use a NAT pool or would setting it as "one-to-many" (where I would use only one public IP number for all my outgoing traffic) will be enough.

I would think that a pool makes more sense since it would eliminate the risk of having large amounts of traffic coming from the same IP number and therefore been tagged as spam.... but why would that matter if there would be 64K session  coming from the same IP  (Dynamic IP/Pool) before the next available IP gets used? Any feedback will be appreciated.


L3 Networker

Hello Marsan

Best practice is using NAT with Many to One, and as long as you use threat prevention to protect your incoming/outgoing traffic that will help as well.

If you have any other questions please do let us know.


Palo Alto Networks Guru

To add to that, the PA-2050 supports oversubscription of ports when using dynamic IP and port network address translation.  If your traffic is going to diverse destinations, the source port may be used twice.  So in your situation, you can support over 120,000 sessions on a single public IP.  This has the obvious advantage that you can support more sessions than would be supported by the number of IPs/ports you have in your NAT pool.


User A connects to

User B connects to

Since the traffic is destined to different locations, the source port may be used for both (in the case that all of your ports are occupied by NAT traffic).  So the first flow, User A >, may be from public IP and port 23001 and the second flow, User B >, may also be from public IP and port 23001.  The firewall can properly route the traffic to the correct host because it has a mapping between the destination and the original source address and port.

I hope this helps!

Nick Campagna

Hello ncampagna,

I have helpful assistance by your comment.

Thanks a million.

I have more question.

What available number of same source port does FW have at different destination address???


An Nyeonghaseyo

Ga jang nim

Even though connect different dst address It will be used Source port about 64K

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