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Route Policies Tab

Configuration > Templates & Policies > Policies > Route Policies

The Route Policies report displays the route policy entries that exist on the appliance(s).

This includes the appliance-based defaults, entries applied manually (via the Appliance Manager or CLI), and entries that result from applying an Orchestrator Route Policies template, or applying Business Intent Overlays (if you are deploying an SD-WAN).

Each appliance’s default behavior is to auto-optimize all IP traffic, automatically directing flows to the appropriate tunnel. Auto-optimization strategies reduce the need to create explicit route map entries for optimization. The three strategies provided are TCP-based auto-opt, IP-based auto-opt, and subnet sharing. By default, all three are enabled on the Templates tab, under System.

The Route Policy only requires entries for flows that are to be:

  • Sent pass-through (shaped or unshaped)

  • Dropped

  • Configured for a specific high-availability deployment

  • Routed based on application, VLAN, DSCP, or ACL (Access Control List)

You might also want to create a Route Policy entry when multiple tunnels exist to the remote peer, and you want the appliance to dynamically select the best path based on one of these criteria:

  • Load balancing

  • Lowest loss

  • Lowest latency

  • Specified tunnel

Manage these instances on the Templates tab, or select the Edit icon to manage Routing policies directly for a particular appliance.

If you are deploying an SD-WAN network and setting up Internet breakout from the branch, you must create manual route policy entries for sanctioned SaaS applications or Guest WiFi.


  • If you are using Orchestrator templates to add rules, Orchestrator will delete all entries from 1000 – 9999 before applying its policies.

  • You can create rules with higher priority than Orchestrator rules (1 – 999) and rules with lower priority (10000 – 19999 and 25000 – 65534).

    NOTE: The priority range from 20000 to 24999 is reserved for Orchestrator.

  • When adding a rule, the priority is incremented by 10 from the previous rule. The priority can be changed, but this default behavior helps to ensure you can insert new rules without having to change subsequent priorities.

Match Criteria

  • These are universal across all policy maps—Route, QoS, Optimization, NAT (Network Address Translation), and Security.

  • If you expect to use the same match criteria in different maps, you can create an ACL (Access Control List), which is a named, reusable set of rules. For efficiency, create them in Configuration > Templates & Policies > ACLs > Access Lists, and apply them across appliances.

  • The available parameters are Application, Address Map (for sorting by country, IP address owner, or SaaS application), Domain, Geo Location, Interface, Protocol, DSCP, IP/Subnet, Port, and Traffic Behavior.

  • To specify different criteria for inbound versus outbound traffic, select the Source:Dest check box.

Source or Destination

  • An IP address can specify a subnet; for example, (IPv4) or fe80::204:23ff:fed8:4ba2/64 (IPv6).

  • To allow any IP address, use (IPv4) or ::/0 (IPv6).

  • Ports are available only for the protocols tcp, udp, and tcp/udp.

  • To allow any port, use 0.

Wildcard-based Prefix Matching

  • When using a range or a wildcard, the IPv4 address must be specified in the 4-octet format, separated by the dot notation. For example, A.B.C.D.

  • Range is specified using a dash. For example, 128-129.

  • Wildcard is specified as an asterisk (*).

  • Range and Wildcard can both be used in the same address, but an octet can only contain one or the other. For example, 10.136-137.*.64-95.

  • A wildcard can only be used to define an entire octet. For example, 10.13*.*.64-95 is not supported. The correct way to specify this range is 10.130-139.*.64-94.

  • The same rules apply to IPv6 addressing.

  • CIDR notation and (Range or Wildcard) are mutually exclusive in the same address. For example, use either or

  • These prefix-matching rules only apply to the following policies: Router, QoS, Optimization, NAT, Security, and ACLs.

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