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telexl 09-02-2009 05:24 PM

netfilter fixed my router port forwarding problem
I've recently changed ISPs and so, out went my old BT Home Hub 2, to be replaced by a D-Link ADSL router. The D-Link has a much faster administration interface than the old Home Hub, but its port forwarding options were greatly limited: it can't forward to a different port than the external port, and has a maximum of 12 rules. I have a limited knowledge of iptables/netfilter, but the manpage explains it all clearly. After a few mugs of tea and some scribbling on scraps of paper, I was able to write a few iptables rules that did the following:

1. Redirect incoming packets to port 80 to port 8080, when they come from the router (my webserver uses virtual sites and it expects 'stuff from outside' to arrive on port 8080).

2. Send incoming packets to port 81 and 8081 to another host's port 80 (the 'other host' is a Linksys WVC54G Internet video camera).

I needed to set the router to direct port 8080 to the webserver - with the iptables rules - and to also send data from ports 8081 and 81 to the webserver.

In the following excerpt from the script, environment variable SUDO is 'sudo' if the script is running as an administrative user, and empty if it's running as root. IPT_OPTS is '-v' ('be verbose') or empty. IPTABLES is 'iptables'. MAC_SOURCE is the MAC address of the router, e.g. 00:11:22:33:44:55.

Kernel modules xt_multiport and xt_mac need to be loaded.


# Send all packets from MAC_SOURCE port 80 to local port 8080
${SUDO} ${IPTABLES} ${IPT_OPTS} -t nat -A PREROUTING  -p tcp -m mac --mac-source ${MAC_SOURCE} --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination :8080
# Send all packets from MAC_SOURCE ports 81 and 8081 to the camera's port 80
${SUDO} ${IPTABLES} ${IPT_OPTS} -t nat -A PREROUTING  -p tcp -m mac --mac-source ${MAC_SOURCE} -m multiport --dports 81,8081 -j DNAT --to-destination

Those two lines saved me so much hassle!


DrLove73 10-01-2009 03:03 PM

Can you please mark this thread as solved? this is proper procedure when original post is not a question or when the problem is solved. Thanks.

telexl 10-02-2009 08:47 AM

Sorry - that was my first post and I didn't know I had to do that. I'll do it now.

DrLove73 10-02-2009 09:31 AM

Now I must appologize for not been precise. There is a menu called "Thread Tools" in the top of the current page (first post on current page). Click on it and select "Mark this thread as SOLVED". Something like that. The the name of your thread should get a prefix [SOLVED] so other users know that there is a solution for your problem/question/howto.


dasli 10-30-2009 09:03 AM

oo..useful thanks

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