________ +------------+ / | | | +-------------+ Provider 1 +------- __ | | | / ___/ \_ +------+-------+ +------------+ | _/ \__ | if1 | / / \ | | | | Local network -----+ Linux router | | Internet \_ __/ | | | \__ __/ | if2 | \ \___/ +------+-------+ +------------+ | | | | \ +-------------+ Provider 2 +------- | | | +------------+ \________
Let us first set some symbolical names. Let $IF1 be the name of the first interface (if1 in the picture above) and $IF2 the name of the second interface. Then let $IP1 be the IP address associated with $IF1 and $IP2 the IP address associated with $IF2. Next, let $P1 be the IP address of the gateway at Provider 1, and $P2 the IP address of the gateway at provider 2. Finally, let $P1_NET be the IP network $P1 is in, and $P2_NET the IP network $P2 is in.
ip route add $P1_NET dev $IF1 src $IP1 table T1 ip route add default via $P1 table T1 ip route add $P2_NET dev $IF2 src $IP2 table T2 ip route add default via $P2 table T2
Nothing spectacular, just build a route to the gateway and build a default route via that gateway, as you would do in the case of a single upstream provider, but put the routes in a separate table per provider. Note that the network route suffices, as it tells you how to find any host in that network, which includes the gateway, as specified above. Next you set up the main routing table. It is a good idea to route things to the direct neighbour through the interface connected to that neighbour. Note the `src’ arguments, they make sure the right outgoing IP address is chosen.
Next, you set up the routing rules. These actually choose what routing table to route with. You want to make sure that you route out a given interface if you already have the corresponding source address:
|Reader Rod Roark notes: ‘If $P0_NET is the local network and $IF0 is its interface, the following additional entries are desirable:
ip route add $P0_NET dev $IF0 table T1 ip route add $P2_NET dev $IF2 table T1 ip route add 127.0.0.0/8 dev lo table T1 ip route add $P0_NET dev $IF0 table T2 ip route add $P1_NET dev $IF1 table T2 ip route add 127.0.0.0/8 dev lo table T2
Now, this is just the very basic setup. It will work for all processes running on the router itself, and for the local network, if it is masqueraded. If it is not, then you either have IP space from both providers or you are going to want to masquerade to one of the two providers. In both cases you will want to add rules selecting which provider to route out from based on the IP address of the machine in the local network.
Instead of choosing one of the two providers as your default route, you now set up the default route to be a multipath route. In the default kernel this will balance routes over the two providers. It is done as follows (once more building on the example in the section on split-access):
ip route add default scope global nexthop via $P1 dev $IF1 weight 1 \ nexthop via $P2 dev $IF2 weight 1
This will balance the routes over both providers. The weight parameters can be tweaked to favor one provider over the other. Note that balancing will not be perfect, as it is route based, and routes are cached. This means that routes to often-used sites will always be over the same provider.
Furthermore, if you really want to do this, you probably also want to look at Julian Anastasov’s patches at http://www.ssi.bg/~ja/#routes , Julian’s route patch page. They will make things nicer to work with.