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Working with Address Objects

Note: This topic applies to the Edinburgh Release.

Similar to port groups (see Working with Port Groups ), you can create and edit named groups of IP addresses for use throughout the Smoothwall System. Where allowed, using address objects significantly reduces the amount of time taken to configure various aspects of your network infrastructure.

For example, if you create multiple port forwarding rules to the same set of server, you can reduce duplication by creating an address object made up of those server IP addresses.

If required, you can also create an address object containing multiple, existing objects, for example, an object for each subnet used, plus a parent object for network zone.

You can either create address objects in supported pages, such as, Add a new port forward (see Creating Port Forward Rules ), or create and manage them in the dedicated Address object manager page.

The following address objects are provided by default:

Internal networks — All individual interfaces that are not reached via an external interface, that is, basic interfaces, VLAN interfaces, and so on.
Any DHCP/PPPoE DNS servers — Any automatically detected DNS server (using the Smoothwall System’s configuration).
Remote IP address of <PPPoE_interface> — where PPPoE_interface is the configured name of the PPPoE connection. If a PPPoE interface is configured, this pool is created. For more information, see Using a Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet Interface .
DNS server(s) on PPPoE connection <PPPoE_interface> — where PPPoE_interface is the configured name of the PPPoE connection. If a PPPoE interface is created, this pool is available.

Default address objects are indicated by italic text in the Address object manager table. You cannot edit default address objects, but they can be used to make new, additional address objects.