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Old 05-02-2002, 06:43 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Halted packet filtering+routing+shaping router or bridge?

This is my "just to be done" situation:
RouterA: LanIP
RouterB: LanIP
RouterA is a Cisco 1720 (good router) connected with 256Kbits up/downstream to WAN, some well known public IPs, internet (not first choise internet connection).
RouterB is horrible very low price ADSL router connected to internet with 640Kbits downstream 128Kbits upstream (first choice internet connection).
RouterA is not configurable by me, but I can ask for a specific (not too strange) configuration.
RouterB is configurable by me but filtering and routing is very basic.

Basic setup:
RouterA and RouterB connected to LAN switchs.
RouterA routing tables set to (RouterB) for internet traffic different from some well known IPs (see above).
LanPC has IP 10.228.x.x/19 and default route (RouterA)

I'd like to add a pc (PcC) with 3 NIC to mess things up :
Eth0 connected to LAN, Eth1 connected to RouterA, Eth2 connected to RouterB.
PcC basically has to filter packets (expecially to and from RouterB) and perform trafic shaping to keep routers buffers empty and perform a correct QoS (ex. first interactive packets (defined by me), then www/ftp ACK, then bulk).
I have a MUST: in case of PcC problem I (or someone else) need only to move and/or change some cables to reach "Basic Setup" (see above) without any additional configuration.

After reading "Linux 2.4 - Advanced routing HOWTO" and with my prev. knowleadge I think to realize a one floppy (1.7Mb) based mini linux system with kernel 2.4.x patched for full QoS support and firewalling bridge support (if needed). I want setup to start (by init) only an rc script that setup /proc; packet filtering (by iptables); interfaces, links, ips, routing (by ip); packet shaping (by tc); if needed bridgeing (by brctl); then halt system (without powering down hardware) so kernel is already configured and can work without problems and there's no active process to crack (see halted firewall for info).

I've think 2 possible configuration to solve my problem (just ideas not solution so RFC):

Setup Eth0 to ip (RouterA ip and LanPcs default route) but route packets to to Eth1.
default route gw Eth2 Eth0 gw Eth1
some well known public ips gw Eth1
Setup packet shaping and filtering as I want.
Some routing problem? (just ask)

Build a firewalling bridge Eth0-Eth1 but routing packets dest. to internet to Eth2 not Eth1 and packets from Eth2 to Eth0 (no Eth2 Eth1 cominucation, just what I want).
Setup packet shaping and filtering as I want.
LanPc sending packets to internet to default route have some problem? Anwer from internet works as well? (just ask)

Have you find in this some problem? Have you some opinion, different idea, suggestion? Which solution you think is best?

Sorry for long post and thanks for your time

Last edited by Norel; 05-02-2002 at 06:57 AM.


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