[Linux-HA] Linksys Port Forwarding Failover Issue

Raoul Raoul
Mon Oct 15 01:45:12 MDT 2007

dear darren,

i do not know about the Linksys BEFW11S4 routers but i (and others) have 
head good experiences with the followin (wlan) routers, flashed with 
openwrt or dd-wrt, which basically is linux with admin interfaces.

- linksys wrt64gl
- Buffalo WHR-G54S or WHR-HP-G54
- Asus WL-HDD or WL-500gP

i guess that there will be other routers without wlan functionallity 
working with openwrt and dd-wrt too, but i only got to know those 
stated above.

as they are running on linux 2.4.30 or so and include iptables, iproute, 
etc. they should be a good choice for your environment.


On Sun, 14 Oct 2007 15:26:47 -0700, Darren Hoch <darren.hoch at litemail.org>
> Hello List,
> Short question:
> Can any of you recommend a commodity (Linksys, Netgear, etc) with
> reliable port forwarding (ARP cache updating) that supports heartbeat
> failovers?
> Long question:
> I have a standard 2 node Heartbeat 2.1.2/DRBD (v1, not CRM) cluster
> running behind a Linksys BEFW11S4 router. It is not my equipment choice
> by any means, but it is what I was tasked to work with. I am used to
> working with much more expensive networking equipment that seems to
> adhere to RFCs. The two nodes (ha1/ha2) have static private addresses
> ( with a shared IP of in the haresources. The
> Linksys is configured with a static public IP address and has port
> forwarding enabled for ports 80 and 25 to
> The cluster setup works flawlessly (as usual). I can access the ha1 web
> server via the Internet using port forwarding on the linksys router.
> What I noticed is that when I conduct a failover with hb_standby , the
> website is unavailable. I have confirmed the following:
> 1) The ha2 node has successfully acquired all the resources (DRBD
> filesystem, IP and start httpd).
> 2) I can access the website on the shared IP from another web browser on
> another host via the 10.1.1.X network, confirming the failover.
> 3) When I fail back to ha1, the website is available again from the
> outside world.
> 4) I have the latest firmware on the router (as of yesterday).
> This leads me to believe that the Linksys is not updating its ARP
> cache/Port forwarder on failover with the ha2 MAC address for
> I have confirmed that Heartbeat is sending the ARP on ha2 in the
> IPaddr[3525]:   2007/10/14_16:57:24 DEBUG: Sending Gratuitous Arp for
> on eth0:0 [eth0]
> I can also confirm via tcpdump (there were multiple ARP packets):
> 17:16:19.125292 arp who-has tell
> 17:16:19.377485 arp reply is-at 00:90:27:f6:0e:d8 (oui Unknown)
> <snip>
> And confirmed the MAC on ha2:
> # ifconfig eth0:0
> eth0:0    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:90:27:F6:0E:D8
>              inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
> Unless I am missing something here, I assume I need a more intelligent
> router. The catch is that it has to be a commodity one (under $100).
> Thanks,
> Darren
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