Suppose I have a small network, with a number of VLANs as follows:
VLAN routing is taken care of by the core switch, the switch doesn't do policy based routing (Dell PowerConnect 6224F), so it will only take a default route for all other traffic that falls outside of the VLANs above. (i.e. 0.0.0.0/0).
Now suppose I have two internet connections, each with a NAT DSL modem on VLAN1 (say 10.1.1.16 and 10.1.1.17), and I want devices on VLAN2 to use one internet connection and devices on VLAN3 to use the other, I was thinking of using a Linux box to achieve this.
Say I configure a Linux box (10.1.1.8), and configure the default gateway on the core switch to point to 10.1.1.8, is it then possible to configure IPTables on the Linux box to do what I need?
Most how-to guides for setting up a Linux based router have two two network interfaces as a requirement, but I don't think this is needed in this scenario as this Linux box will simply sit on the same VLAN as the DSL modems. (plus I don't currently have any spare NICs to put in the server I have), so my question is, (assuming it is possible) can anyone provide me with some guidance to create some IP tables rules to take care of this?
I might also in the future like all HTTP connections to be transparently proxied, ideally via a shared squid instance, but still routing requests down the appropriate DSL connection.
I've no need to route between VLANs, as the core switch is already doing this fine. I'm perhaps not getting the terminology right, but if I configure the default route for 0.0.0.0/0 on the core switch to be 10.1.1.8, can I configure the Linux box to redirect packets down the correct DSL gateway, depending upon the source of the packet?
An example of what I'm trying to achieve...
PC on VLAN3 (10.1.3.123) sends a packet to 126.96.36.199. The default gateway on the PC is 10.1.3.1 (i.e. the routing interface on VLAN3), the switch then routes this packet via 10.1.1.1 to 10.1.1.8 (the switch is configured to use this IP as the next hop for 0.0.0.0/0). The Linux box then routes/redirects that packet via the DSL modem 10.1.1.17, because the source IP was within VLAN 3 (10.1.3.0/24). Had the packet have originated from 10.1.2.0/24, then the Linux box would route/redirect via 10.1.1.16
VLAN 1 (10.1.1.0/24) 10.1.1.16 (DSL1) ------+ | 10.1.1.17 (DSL2) ------+ | 10.1.1.8 (Linux) ------+ | +-------------+ VLAN 2 -------| Core Switch |------- VLAN 3 (10.1.2.0/24) +-------------+ (10.1.2.0/24)
I guess I've not explained very well what I'm trying to achieve here, but please bear with me a bit here, as I'm not a network guru (just in case you haven't already detected this!).
I don't want to create multiple interfaces on the linux box, as I don't want it doing any routing between VLANs, I just want the box to sit on one of the VLANs (single interface) and forward (or route?) packets via DSL1 or DSL2, depending upon the source of the packet. If 10.1.1.8 is the default route for 0.0.0.0/0 on our network, surely this can be done?