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Cisco 1811 router dual Internet connections

Hello all!

Looking for a little bit of help, please.

Company has an 1811 router, running version 12.4(6)T7 IOS. We have 1 broadband Internet connection with static IP into FastEthernet0. I would like to add a different slower broadband IP DHCP type into FastEthernet1 for backup and redundancy purposes.

My goal is backup and redundcany, and load balance outbound web browsing, if possible.

I have looked at Cisco doc #99427, but that is a slightly different config than I am working with and I can't quite follow where the doc is getting some of its parameters.

I can post my current config if someone is willing to help or has a similar working config that I can mirror with obvious IP changes.

Thanks, the recent ice storms in the midwest have brought this to fore front and I need to get this working.

Thank You




I ran the commands you specified. I received one error:

ip nat inside source list 1 interface FastEthernet1 overload


%Dynamic mapping in use, cannot change

I have attached another config, showing all the changes you instructed. I am concerned why FastEthernet1 does not show in brief list of IP interfaces, though line & protocol both appear to be up.

Thank You for your continued help, hopefully we are almost resolved.


Hi, let me jump in here in relief to the commendable efforts by Joe.

To solve the "translation in use" problem, try "clear ip nat translation forced", then QUICKLY "conf t" and the suggested commands.

If that doesn't work, disconnect all cables except console, reload router, configure as suggested, reconnect cables.

Good luck!


Doh! I forgot FE1 does DHCP.

config t

ip access-list ext 102

1 permit udp any any eq bootpc

2 permit udp any any eq bootps

do write memory

int fa1


no shut

do sh ip int brief



Added the commands you referenced, also followed the steps offered by other engineer.

The router appears to not allow me to have both:

ip nat inside source list 1 interface FastEthernet0 overload


ip nat inside source list 1 interface FastEthernet1 overload

As soon as insert the command containing fa1, it overwrite or removes the same command containing fe0. When fe1 is the only statement in the config, I can access the Internet. When fe0 is in the config all works just fine. I have attached lastest config, also shows the IP INT Status and now both interfaces are up.

Am I missing something silly simple?

Sorry to drag this issue out, but I just want the failover redundancy to work...




please configure an access-list 2 that is like 1, and reference it as

ip nat inside source list 2 interface FastEthernet1 overload

Be advised after that you're not done yet, you will need to tie the sla track to default routes, thing that is not done yet. That can be even be a problem as you are suing DHCP, workst case you will have to reference the GW that should never change.

And after you will need the timeout and possibly oer setting for NAT.

Sorry if that is not so easy.


Run the attached commands line by line.


and run this...

config t

interface FastEthernet1

no ip dhcp client route track 20



write memory


Do This - Add two route maps and two NAT overloads pointing to the same ACL

route-map INTERNET_FA0 permit 10

match ip address 1

match interface FastEthernet0


route-map INTERNET_FA1 permit 10

match ip address 1

match interface FastEthernet1

ip nat inside source route-map INTERNET_FA0 interface FastEthernet0 overload

ip nat inside source route-map INTERNET_FA1 interface FastEthernet1 overload

Now here is the problem your going to run into. DHCP by default has an administrative distance of 254 (REALLY dumb Cisco!) so when you do your routing, how is it going to know which path to take to the internet if you have a routing protocol running? One way is to reduce the AD is with "ip dhcp-client default-router distance 1" but now here it introduces a new problem. If both your wan links are DHCP, it applies the same AD to both routes "ip route dhcp" If you try and append a AD to the end of the ip route dhcp 100 for the secondary route - IT doesnt seem to work. I see tha you have RFC 1918 Space so I would recommend setting a static IP and route to the Fa1 device and leaving FA0 dhcp. Hope this helps


How come you have an RFC1918 address on your FE1?!? Is that what you get from your ISP? And what kind of address did you get when connecting the laptop directky into the modem?

Could you try and disconnect the primary line and from the CLI ping With no filters on the FE1 interface BTW.