I have two Internet channel and Gateway on freebsd. When I switch channel with the command route change default chan2, the command netstat -nr shows changed default route. But traceroute shows that the packets go through the old route chan1.


$netstat -nr 
Routing tables Internet: Destination Gateway  Flags    Refs   Use  Netif Expire
                         default     xxx.xxx.183.54 US 0 8432    em3

$sudo route change default xxx.xxx.144.125 
change net default: gateway> xxx.xxx.144.125

$netstat -nr
Routing tables Internet: Destination Gateway Flags Refs Use  Netif Expire
                         default     xxx.xxx.144.125   US  2  16450  em3


$ traceroute
traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1  xxx.xxx.183.53 (xxx.xxx.183.53)  0.527 ms  0.415 ms  0.483ms

All works if I run the following combination:

$sudo route del default

$sleep 10

$sudo route add default xxx.xxx.144.125

  • What version are you running (uname -a should show)?
    – Chris S
    Jul 9, 2013 at 14:45
  • FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #0: Fri Apr 15 12:45:40 MSD 2011 root@grs.ru:/usr/src/sys/amd64/compile/IXI_8_2_PF_x64 amd64
    – Taron
    Jul 9, 2013 at 16:38
  • The gateway in your first routing table and the first hop in your traceroute aren't the same (.53 vs .54) - did you copy and paste or re-type this? Can you also post the full output of netstat -rnf inet? Jul 10, 2013 at 7:52
  • traceroute running from my GW (.54), .53 is IP first provider`s device.
    – Taron
    Jul 10, 2013 at 10:33
  • 5
    Clear the ARP cache arp -d -a and/or routing tables route flush before adding the new default route. Possibly the kernel/user space is consulting stale data. Sep 8, 2013 at 20:11

2 Answers 2


If you use route change command, you need to restart network service to apply the changes, e.g.:

$ sudo /etc/rc.d/netif restart

Is it possible you have a cached route to The full output of netstat -nr would show that. If so you would need to remove it before testing your change - either that route specifically or you could route flush and then add rather than change the default gateway (but bare in mind this will interrupt non-local traffic whilst between the two commands if you go that way).

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