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I have two network interfaces present in two different subnets and are configured as DHCP. When I run route command I am getting following output with asterisk in Gateway. What is the meaning of it?

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Update : I have cropped the default route in the image

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Unrelated, but I'd suggest using the -n option to avoid doing DNS lookups, thus making it faster. – lorenzog Feb 3 '14 at 16:59

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The snowflakes indicate that there is no default route (some other router) to the networks associated with the local interfaces. That is, any IP packet going to any of those networks (subnets) can be reached via the indicated interface (eth0, wlan0, lo).

$ (route ;echo; route -n ) | grep -v '^[KD]'        *      U     0      0        0 eth0     *        U     2004   0        0 wlan0
link-local      *          U     2      0        0 eth0
loopback        localhost.local       UG    0      0        0 lo
default         UG    2004   0        0 wlan0 U     0      0        0 eth0   U     2004   0        0 wlan0     U     2      0        0 eth0       UG    0      0        0 lo         UG    2004   0        0 wlan0

In other words is on eth0 and is on wlan0, but to reach anyone else (excluding 127.*), this machine must send stuff to

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Just answered a similar question:

Why there is only one Default Gateway?

The "*" or gateway indicates the network is directly reachable - no gateway needed. The default gateway is an address where packets are sent if they don't match a more specific route - i.e. if they are destined for a core router & the broader internet.

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From here,

The Gateway column identifies the defined gateway for the specified network. An asterisk (*) appears in this column if no forwarding gateway is needed for the network.

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Someone feel free to post another answer, that's all I have, lol – ekaj Apr 10 '13 at 3:28
Does that just mean you can directly reach that network over that interface (i.e. an ARP request sent from that interface will get a result?) – cpast Apr 10 '13 at 3:28
No idea, that's all I have – ekaj Apr 10 '13 at 3:30
I found following information in man pages Gateway : The gateway address or '*' if none set. Genmask : The netmask for the destination net; '' for a host destination and '' for the default route. How does the interface figures out the default route ? In case if both the interfaces are present in two different subnets, what is the meaning of default route? – Sirish Kumar Apr 10 '13 at 3:37

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