IP Forwarding in Windows®
What are the things to be kept in mind while enabling IP forwarding in Windows-based computer?
A computer network is made possible through connecting a lot of computers together. You might use a router to connect one LAN to other using the router. You need to configure the IP address of the router and all other computers. IP forwarding is a feature that helps to work better in an office environment. The forwarding of IP packets is possible through the IP forwarding. 'Bridging' networks is one of the benefits of IP forwarding feature. You need to have two Ethernet cards for establishing IP forwarding. IP forwarding can be done from all routers. The IP forwarding feature has lots of advantages.
The following are things to be kept in mind while enabling IP forwarding:
- Two network cards
- Static IP address
- To set up IP forwarding
Two network cards
In order to set up IP forwarding, there are some requirements. You need to connect two network cards to the same workstation. If you want to enable the IP forwarding then, two IP addresses need to be present. So, it is very important that the IP address needs to be different. Due to this reason, two separate network cards need to be installed.
Static IP address
Another main thing that needs to be checked is that for IP forwarding, you need to have a static IP address. The static IP address could be obtained from the network card. Nevertheless, once set, it should not change. If the IP address is changed, then you might not carry on port forwarding. Dynamic IP address is not suitable for IP forwarding.
For setting up IP forwarding, there are some conditions. You might use the IP forwarding in the latest version of Windows and Windows NT. You need to open ‘Control Panel’. This will be available from 'Start' menu. Then click on ‘Network Connections’. You need to right click and select ‘Bridge Connections’. After that, you will see the options to set up IP forwarding.
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