Failover-Route - produkt scenarios

Failover-Route is suitable whenever you have to ways to route traffic into a distand IP network. In normal cases via your main-gateway and while having interferrences on your main line via the backup-gateway,

We arranged a few possible configurations for you:

1) Internet Fallback (Default Route)

Use f.ex. one of your 10 monitors to setup an internet fallback connection.

Enter as  destination network and as destination netmask metric 1.

Main-gateway is in this case and use the as backup-gateway.

We search now 3 diffrent hosts into the internet with diffrent services (f.ex. SMTP TCP 25,  POP3 TCP 110, WWW TCP 80)

Hosts indicated here are virtual and not real existend. Please take for your company unimportand hosts, since these hosts are not reachable in backup cases!


2) LAN-LAN Fallback (branch office)

Use one monitor to monitor the LAN-LAN connection to your branch office. For that you need two licences of Failover-Route (one for each site).

Enter as destination network and as destination netmask metric 1.

Your main-gateway is in this case and your backup-gateway is Use IP Port Server on both Failover-Routers with TCP Port 32000 (f.ex.)

Please configure now the following check hosts in the central office: TCP 32000 TCP 23 (Telnet)

Please configure now the following check hosts in the branch office: TCP 32000 TCP 23 (Telnet)

Please note, that these check-hosts are not reachable in backup cases!

3) VPN Fallback (dynamic IP)

In this very special example we have branch offices with dynamic IPs and one leased line per site. At the central site we have two leased lines with public IPs. The branch offices connect to line 1 via VPN over the internet.
Failover-Route now recognizes if a site connects to line 2 because of an interruption of line 1 at the central site and routs the IP traffic for the connected branch offices to line 2 (here you have to use at least a 3 monitor version). If line 1 at the central site is back again, Failover-Route waits until the VPN tunnels connects back to line 1 and then routes the traffic back to the main-gateway. For this scenario you have to use VPN hardware that allows to configura VPN backup server at the branch offices (f.ex. Cisco or SonicWalls)

4) Simple load-balancing

Failover-Route is no load-balancing Sysmte. But you are able to seperate some dedicated traffic with failover function as well.
For example your company sends and receives emails from and you won't overload your main line with SMTP and POP3 traffic any longer, then configure one monitor as follows:

Check 2 hosts in the same IP network as your SMTP/POP server. Here: TCP 80 and TCP 53. Route now your POP/SMTP server destination network: mask to the DSL fallback line gateway. Enter as backup gateway the main line gateway.

Use another monitor to check your Internet connection: mask over your main leased line. Configure now the backup DSL line as backup gateway. Configure the check hosts similliar to scenario 1.

If both lines are up, SMTP/POP traffic is routed to DSL/Fallabck and the remaining internet traffic goes to your main line 1. If one of the two lines fails the whole internet traffic will be routed to the remaining gateway until the line is back again.

All these scenarios can be combined if you have the appropriate number of monitors available. We recommend urgently to plan your IP routing to prevent logical errors while configuring Failover-Route!

More detailled information about the scenarios you will find in the Failover-Route manual you can download in our download section or in the manual, you can find in the \manual folder of your Failover-Route installation.

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