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How to bridge two different internet connections

i'm looking for the best approach for connecting to multiple routers via only one ethernet adapter, and its side effects.
i have one linux PC with one ethernet port, connected to a switch. this switch is connected to multiple routers with different networks (e.g.,, i want to be able then, to bind a socket to a specific "device" so i'll use the relevant router for that connection.
i believe that this can be achieved by creating a virtual eth interface for each router and set the proper ip/subnet/gw for each one.
the questions are: is that correct? , how to do it? , should i suspect strange side-effects.
* total network speed from all routers together won't pass even 10M.

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Have a look hete… – amotzg Aug 19 '12 at 8:30

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No need for virtual interfaces here. What you want is multiple IP address on the same device, and good routing tables with policy routing to select which routing table to use. Now, on the configuration part. Let's configure your ip addresses with a /32, so we can create our on-link routes ourselves

ip addr flush dev eth0
ip addr add 192.168.1.yourhost/32 dev eth0
ip addr add 192.168.2.yourhost/32 dev eth0
ip addr add 192.168.3.yourhost/32 dev eth0

Now for the routing table. The first routing table will match packets that go to your lans.

ip route add dev eth0 src 192.168.1.yourhost table 2
ip route add dev eth0 src 192.168.1.yourhost table 2
ip route add dev eth0 src 192.168.1.yourhost table 2

table 2 specifies which routing table to use. 2 is an arbitrary number. numbers can be mapped to names by editing /etc/iproute2/rt_tables. Let's add 2 lan to that file, now you can simply use table lan.

Now, let's use that routing table by default :

ip rule add table lan

Now, if you look at the output of ip rule, you will see something like this :

0:      from all lookup local 
99:     from all lookup lan
32766:  from all lookup main 
32767:  from all lookup default

local is a reserved table used so the kernel can check if an ip address is his own IP address, lan is our table, main is the usual routing table that you know, and default is a special table for packets that we can't route. Basically, the kernel will try these rules by starting from the first, and, if it can't find a route in that table, it goes to the next rule.

So we added another routing table where we put our routes to the LAN, which is tryed before the main table. Now let's add a default route in main: When you don't bind a socket to a IP address, you will only use this default route. Let's choose

ip route add default via src 192.168.1.yourhost

Now, if you bind your socket to 192.168.2.yourhost, you don't want to use that default route, but another. Let's add this default route to another routing table:

ip route add default via src 192.168.2.yourhost dev eth0 table 3
# and while we are at it, let's do this for as well
ip route add default via src 192.168.3.yourhost dev eth0 table 4

Now you want to use these routing table, but only if your socket is bound to these other IP addresses.

ip rule add from 192.168.2.yourhost iif lo table 3
ip rule add from 192.168.3.yourhost iif lo table 4

from 192.168.2.yourhost will make the kernel only try the table if the IP source address in the packet is 192.168.2.yourhost. iif allows to specify from which interface the packet was received (which is useful when you forward traffic) with a special exception, where iif lo means that the traffic was generated locally.

Now you can check if it works by trying or by using ip route get commands to test your routing tables :

$ ip route get dev eth0  src 192.168.2.yourhost 
$ ip route get via dev eth0 src 192.168.1.yourhost 
$ ip route get from 192.168.2.yourhost via dev eth0 src 192.168.2.yourhost 
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there are a lot of 'almost what i need', but that's exactly what i was looking for. – RoeeK Aug 19 '12 at 12:19

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