I have recently configured a Dell PowerConnect 5524 with 3 VLANs (Dell PowerConnect 5524 VLAN routing).

I have connected this switch to our network with an IP of, it successfully routes traffic from the subnet and even gets ping replies from our main router (the ASA on and my PC however if I try from my PC to ping anything on the other subnet, including the Dell's .3 IP (, I get nothing.

I have added this route on the ASA:

route inside

This doesn't seem to work.

If I add the route on my PC itself (via route add in the command prompt) everything works fine.

The ASA and the Dell are directly connected via cable from port 21 on the Dell (VLAN 2, Internal .2) to port 5 on the ASA (VLAN 1, INSIDE).

If I change the default gateway in Windows on my PC to the IP address of the Dell on this subnet (, I can access devices on the other subnet with no problems.

Full config for the PowerConnect can be found here.

Full config for the ASA (IPs and sensitive info has been blanked out) can be found here.

2 Answers 2


I would recommend using the switch as the default gateway for all of your subnets. For your scenario the default gateway of hosts on Vlan 3 should be set to and hosts on Vlan 2 should be set to

  • The routing on the Dell works fine (and I have entered the ip routing command on the Dell many times, as I mentioned in my other question), I had it under my desk before I took it up to the server room and when I had PCs plugged into ports on different VLANs the routing was working. Also, I can change my default gateway in Windows to the IP address of the Dell and have my traffic routed through to the subnet no problems at all now that it is upstairs.
    – Sean Airey
    Nov 14, 2013 at 16:11
  • Actually we have our SBS server configured as the gateway for our PCs, don't ask why because I don't know =] if I change my PCs default gateway to the IP of the ASA ( I still have the same problem.
    – Sean Airey
    Nov 14, 2013 at 16:24
  • The point of the Dell is to bridge the two subnets. Everything goes through the ASA at the moment and I should be able to have the ASA point packets destined for the .3 subnet to the Dell. I wouldn't have the gateways and switching set up the way it is now if I had it my way but this is what I have got to work with. I need the ASA to be able to route packets into the .3 subnet via the Dell, which it is more than capable of doing.
    – Sean Airey
    Nov 14, 2013 at 16:29

If you're dead set on using the ASA to route local traffic instead of the switch, you will need to update the ASA with NAT statements for inter-VLAN communication and also add same-security-traffic permit intra-interface to the configuration to allow traffic to go to the ASA and back out the ASA on the same interface.

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