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Old 07-13-2014, 06:02 AM   #1
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Linux router on a single physical interface

I have a Linux computer (CentOS 6.5), and I need to use it as a router using a single physical network interface (eth0) in order to route packets between four computers in different networks:

PC01: ip mask

PC02: ip mask

PC03: ip mask

PC04: ip mask

1. Enable ip forwarding:
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

2. Create subinterfaces (with the default gateway ip of each computer):
ifconfig eth0:1 netmask up
ifconfig eth0:2 netmask up
ifconfig eth0:3 netmask up
ifconfig eth0:4 netmask up

I have ping PCs -> Router and Router -> PCs, but ping does not work from one PC to another (packets are not forwarded). All equipments are in a closed network.

Could you help me? How could I solve the problem. Thank you.

In the past I've done a similar configuration but with two different physical network interfaces (eth0 and eth1). ip_forwarding was working in this case.
Old 07-14-2014, 01:06 AM   #2
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I'll go out on a limb here, have you had the opportunity to test without the firewall on the Linux router?
Sometimes rules are made to allow packets to be forward from, or out some interface, but are appended after:

REJECT all -- anywhere anywhere reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

...which drops the packet.
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I used these commands to stop the firewall, but does not seems to work.

# service iptables save
# service iptables stop
# chkconfig iptables off
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Why don't you go outside of the subnet for each virtual ip address? Not sure it matters but seems odd to me.


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