In this post I will explain a way to get multiple public IPs for an OpenWRT router and configuring it so that you can have several servers behind NAT with overlapping ports.
⚠️ WARNING: The solution presented here may not adhere to best practices.
The following method is kinda a dirty hack and requires a lot of manual configuration. Also this doesn’t provide any firewall so if one of your servers gets hacked, your whole LAN is exposed to the compromised machine.
This is required for creating a virtual device that the DHCP server assigns our new IP address.
Create a MACVLAN device and an interface for it
In LuCI, navigate to
Network > Interfaces > Devices and create a device with the following configurations:
srv_macvlan in this guide
|interface facing WAN, usually eth0.2
Then head to the
Interfaces tab. Create new interface:
srv_wan in this guide
After creating, open advanced settings and tick
Use default gateway off. Save and apply. Note down the IP your ISP gave to
srv_wan. We will refer to it as
Forward desired ports
srv_lan_ip be the server’s IP in LAN that you want to add.
Now that we have more than one public IP, we need to specify which public IP maps to which local IP. Configure the port forwards as you want but all traffic intended for
srv_lan_ip should be matched with
Create a response routing table for server
Now your server has a reachable IP
srv_wan_ip, but it doesn’t have any way to respond due to lack of default gateway. Because the current default gateway would make your server answer with different public IP than
srv_wan_ip, we need to manually configure routes for your server.
Network > Static Routes and add for your server:
A default gateway:
Setting Value Interface
Target 0.0.0.0/0 IPv4-Gateway the gateway that
srv_wanis connected to
rtable_nbin this guide
Route to your router’s neighbors:
Setting Value Interface
Target subnet that
srv_wanis in (CIDR notation)
Route to your LAN:
Setting Value Interface your LAN interface Target subnet that your LAN interface is in (CIDR notation) Route table
Apply the routing table
The last step is to redirect all the traffic from your server to the routing table created. This is easily done, but it requires modifying the config files directly.
SSH to the router and open
/etc/config/network in editor. Append:
option src 'srv_lan_ip/32'
option lookup 'rtable_nb'
to the end of file. Then restart some interface or reload network config some other way. Issue command
ip rules show to make sure your rule was added. You should now have a working system.