The DeMilitarized Zone (DMZ) auto-negotiating 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port provides a way for public servers (Web, e-mail, FTP, etc.) to be visible to the outside world (while still being protected from DoS (Denial of Service) attacks such as SYN flooding and Ping of Death). These public servers can also still be accessed from the secure LAN.

By default the firewall allows traffic between the WAN and the DMZ, traffic from the DMZ to the LAN is denied, and traffic from the LAN to the DMZ is allowed. Internet users can have access to host servers on the DMZ but no access to the LAN, unless special filter rules allowing access were configured by the administrator or the user is an authorized remote user.

It is highly recommended that you connect all of your public servers to the DMZ port. If you have more than one public server, connect a hub to the DMZ port.

It is also highly recommended that you keep all sensitive information off of the public servers connected to the DMZ port. Store sensitive information on LAN computers

The DMZ port and the computers connected to it can have private or public IP addresses.

When the DMZ uses public IP addresses, the WAN and DMZ ports must use public IP addresses that are on separate subnets. See the appendix of the User's Guide for information on IP subnetting. If you do not configure SUA NAT or any full feature NAT mapping rules for the public IP addresses on the DMZ, the ZyWALL will route traffic to the public IP addresses on the DMZ without performing NAT. This may be useful for hosting servers for NAT unfriendly applications (see the NAT chapter for more information).

If the DMZ computers use private IP addresses, use NAT if you want to make them publicly accessible.

Unlike the LAN, the ZyWALL does not assign TCP/IP configuration via DHCP to computers connected to the DMZ ports(s). Manually assign the computers static IP addresses (in the same subnet as the DMZ port's IP address), DNS server addresses and the ZyWALL's DMZ IP address as the default gateway .

Label Description
IP Address

Type the IP address of your ZyWALL's DMZ port in dotted decimal notation.

Make sure the IP addresses of the LAN, WAN and DMZ are on separate subnets.

IP Subnet Mask The subnet mask specifies the network number portion of an IP address. Your ZyWALL will automatically calculate the subnet mask based on the IP address that you assign. Unless you are implementing subnetting, use the subnet mask computed by the ZyWALL
RIP Direction RIP (Routing Information Protocol, RFC1058 and RFC 1389) allows a router to exchange routing information with other routers. The RIP Direction field controls the sending and receiving of RIP packets. Select the RIP direction from Both/In Only/Out Only/None. When set to Both or Out Only, the ZyWALL will broadcast its routing table periodically. When set to Both or In Only, it will incorporate the RIP information that it receives; when set to None, it will not send any RIP packets and will ignore any RIP packets received. Both is the default.
RIP Version The RIP Version field controls the format and the broadcasting method of the RIP packets that the ZyWALL sends (it recognizes both formats when receiving). RIP-1 is universally supported but RIP-2 carries more information. RIP-1 is probably adequate for most networks, unless you have an unusual network topology. Both RIP-2B and RIP-2M sends the routing data in RIP-2 format; the difference being that RIP-2B uses subnet broadcasting while RIP-2M uses multicasting. Multicasting can reduce the load on non-router machines since they generally do not listen to the RIP multicast address and so will not receive the RIP packets. However, if one router uses multicasting, then all routers on your network must use multicasting, also. By default, RIP direction is set to Both and the Version set to RIP-1.
Multicast Select IGMP V-1 or IGMP V-2 or None. IGMP (Internet Group Multicast Protocol) is a network-layer protocol used to establish membership in a Multicast group - it is not used to carry user data. IGMP version 2 (RFC 2236) is an improvement over version 1 (RFC 1112) but IGMP version 1 is still in wide use. If you would like to read more detailed information about interoperability between IGMP version 2 and version 1, please see sections 4 and 5 of RFC 2236.
Window Networking (NetBIOS over TCP/IP)
Allow between DMZ and LAN

Select this check box to forward NetBIOS packets from the LAN to the DMZ and from the DMZ to the LAN. If your firewall is enabled with the default policy set to block DMZ to LAN traffic, you also need to enable the default DMZ to LAN firewall rule that forwards NetBIOS traffic.

Clear this check box to block all NetBIOS packets going from the LAN to the DMZ and from the DMZ to the LAN.

Allow between DMZ and WAN

Select this check box to forward NetBIOS packets from the WAN to the DMZ and from the DMZ to the WAN.

Clear this check box to block all NetBIOS packets going from the WAN to the DMZ and from the DMZ to the WAN.

Apply Click Apply to save your changes back to the ZyWALL.
Reset Click Reset to begin configuring this screen afresh.
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