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I've just opened the pi for the first time, with Raspbian Buster Lite. When I type route -n I get:

Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface

I would expect to see the gateway ip here.

If if try sudo route add default gw 192.168.1.1 I get SIOCADDRT: Network is unreachable.

Some context: I'm trying to ssh into the pi, without success so far even though ssh is enabled. (getting a ssh: connect to host xxx.xxx.x.xxx port 22: Connection refused)

  • Routing table can only be empty if you have no network interfaces that are up. How do you plan to connect to the network anyway? WiFi? – Dmitry Grigoryev Jul 19 at 8:16
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After a lot of trials to setup the pi with wifi, I gave up on solving this with wifi alone and ended up connecting the pi via ethernet cable. Just plug the cable and that's it!

Now route -n returns two rows.

(I will not mark my answer as accepted, as perhaps there are better ways to solve this)

  • Do you had a problem with wifi? It wasn't clear from the question. So your solution is to use the wired connection instead of wifi? – Ingo Jul 18 at 18:37
  • The pi was never connected to the internet in any way. And I was trying to setup it up for the first time using wifi. I didn't manage, while with ethernet is automatic, just plug the cable and the pi gets the default gateway. – Rexcirus Jul 18 at 18:43
  • Something confusing in my question (which now I edited) is that I was initially thinking to have the pi connected, but this was not true. – Rexcirus Jul 18 at 18:46

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