to <distinguish> legitimate packets <for> different types of connections

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park sang joon

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In computing, a stateful firewall is a firewall that keeps track of the state of network connections traveling across it. The firewall is programmed to distinguish legitimate packets for different types of connections. Only packets matching a known active connection will be allowed by the firewall; others will be rejected.
<Source: "Stateful firewall" in WIKIPEDIA>

I'd like to know why "for" is used for the verb "distinguish", not "from."
Thank you in advance for your help.
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    There are different types of connections.
    Each of these connections has legitimate packets.
    This firewall can distinguish between legitimate packets and inappropriate packets for a variety of connections.

    Does that help?

    The firewall is not distinguishing legitimate packets from different types of connections. Perhaps a better word for "distinguish" would be "identify."
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