Linux using wrong default gateway

I have two internet connections connected over two different network interfaces (ethernet and wifi). The ip addresses configured are and respectively. When I use
ip route get the system uses the default gateway with the lowest metric (the ethernet route). But when I do ip route get from the system still tries to use the ethernet gateway rather than the wifi gateway: from via dev eno1 uid 1000

Why is this happening?

My routing table:

default via dev eno1 proto dhcp src metric 100
default via dev wlan0 proto dhcp src metric 600
<subnet routes>
Asked By: Aybruh


You can, by definition, have only one working default route. This is the route taken by default (hence its name) for all traffic that doesn’t have a specific entry in your routing table.

A route is defined in terms of its destination. You can specify any of the host’s IP addresses as the source of the traffic but they will all use the same routing table to decide how to get to the destination.

Actually this isn’t strictly true as you can have different namespaces and routing tables, but that’s a complexity outside this answer

Answered By: roaima

I think what you’re trying to do is set up "source based routing". Typically routing is destination based.

To do this we need to make use of advanced ip functionality, by creating a second route table and telling the system when to use that table.

So first add a line to the end of /etc/iproute2/rt_tables that reads something like

100 wifiroute

Now you can use this table with the command

ip rule add from table wifiroute

And finally add a default route to that table

ip route add default via dev wlan0 table wifiroute

Of course these two ip commands will be lost on reboot so you should ensure they are made part of the boot sequence.

You should now be able to test this, e.g. with traceroute

traceroute -s

The second one should go out via wlan0 because we’re setting the source address.

You can see the routing table with ip route show table wifiroute; you can see all routes from all tables with ip route show table all

Answered By: Stephen Harris
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