[tor-dev] Onion Services and NAT Punching

Tim Wilson-Brown - teor teor2345 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 15:12:53 UTC 2015

Hi All,

Do you know a use case which needs Single Onion Services and NAT punching?

We’re wondering if there are mobile or desktop applications / services that would use a single onion service for the performance benefits, but still need NAT punching. (And don’t need the anonymity of a hidden service.)

Single Onion Services:
* can’t do NAT punching, (they need an ORPort on a publicly accessible IP address),
* locations are easier to discover, and
* have lower latency.

Hidden Services:
* can do NAT punching,
* locations are hard to discover, and
* have higher latency.

Are there any use cases that:
* need NAT punching,
* don’t need service location anonymity, and
* would benefit from lower latency?



Tim Wilson-Brown (teor)

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