Please, reopen this question. I really need to understand how to do this - And i saw that a lot of other users have this same problem but no one answered them...

I tried to exemplify with clarity showing even a image of a device that is working like that - Please reopen the question so people can help me?


My network structure has a switch where the gateway is, and my computer has the IP address

I want to continue using this IP address and use the gateway Why?

To avoid conflicts with another networks - And also, i have a BUNCH of Firewall rules configured for

Is this possible?

I saw a server once that had IP and had a totally different gateway!! It worked just fine but i have no clue on how they did it.

Thanks in advance!

To clarify what i want, here is a example, so it will help you guys understand this question better:


This device achieved what i am trying to do. It has a IP address of and its currently using the same gateway i use on my computer - Which is


  • A default gateway is an IP address that traffic gets sent to when it's bound for a destination outside the current network. So by definition, it is totally possible. Now what system is this for which you need configuration? Which device? Which firmware? Which manufacturer? Jun 11, 2021 at 3:31
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    You ask in a recent comment "How do i use a gateway that has a different IP address than the IP address of the machine?" The gateway has to be a different IP address than the IP address of the machine. So maybe you are misunderstanding what a gateway is. This might help: serverfault.com/q/262071/450038
    – Doug Deden
    Jun 11, 2021 at 22:15
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    I am still not certain what you mean by "different address". For example, the gateway in my home network is, and my PC is Different. I believe you actually mean "gateway's address is not in the same subnet as device's". If so, that would not work. They need to be in the same subnet. The subnet is defined by the CIDR prefix (in my home network: /24) or the netmask (e.g. Jun 12, 2021 at 0:00
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    I don't believe that the example you mentioned (Gateway: IP Address: is legitimate, since these two addresses can't be in the same subnet. Jun 12, 2021 at 0:07
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    The screenshot shows a printer with address I don't see any gateway. If your computer's address is, it can use gateway if the prefix is 19 or less. Jun 15, 2021 at 15:58

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You can achieve this by defining the default gateway adress and the connection/interface used to reach it. By default your system only knows how to reach the locally defined subnet (I guess it's a /24 network mask, so you can reach adresses to without any changes). Now you must tell it the address of the gateway and which interface is connected to it.

E.g.: You have interface eth0 connected to your LAN with IP and netmask 24 (=, then you define the default gateway by saying "default gw is reachable via eth0".

With CentOS7 the network managment is done by NetworkManager. You can use the cli to setup the default gateway:

sudo nmcli connection modify eth0 ipv4.gateway ""
sudo nmcli connection up eth0

See also https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/7/html/networking_guide/sec-configuring_static_routes_using_nmcli

You can also modify configuraton files directly by following this guide: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/7/html/networking_guide/sec-configuring_static_routes_in_ifcfg_files

Edit (as I can't post comments):

You can connect to any address that is reachable via a physically connected network. The poster didn't tell us if there are multiple physical networks involved and if there is some dedicated router that does the connection between the networks. Therefore I suggest he can reach the gateway directly and only needs to tell his system which interface to use.

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    How can you talk to a device in if your interface is in How would the router reply to you? It would have no local interface capable of reaching
    – vidarlo
    Jun 12, 2021 at 10:28
  • Well - Thats exactly my question!!!! Jun 14, 2021 at 16:54
  • I saw a PRINTER that did that just fine - But automatically... It had a IP and the gateway was my router ._. Well if the printer can do it im certainly that it is possible to achieve this on a Linux server - My question: HOW?? Yo bro you just asked the same question i did. XD Wtf Jun 14, 2021 at 16:55
  • I already answered to that question! You don't need to be in the same subnet like the gateway. You only have to be able to reach it via physically attached network(-cable). Defining a subnet to the local host just means that the host implicitly knows how to reach other hosts within this subnet. But you can give it any static route to some other network or single IP address by just telling the host which interface it should use.
    – puldi
    Jun 16, 2021 at 5:09
  • Well, i marked your question as solved but it was not the answer i was looking for... Since they closed my question there isnt much i can do :| Jun 16, 2021 at 20:10

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