native vlans

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May 23rd, 2008

Hi all, Can anyone tell me the actual real world benifit of a native vlan? why do we need these? is it for basic setups with no intervlan routing etc ?

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Carl,

Each physical port has a parameter called PVID. Every 802.1Q port is assigned a PVID value that is of its native VLAN ID (default is VLAN 1). All untagged frames are assigned to the LAN specified in the PVID parameter. When a tagged frame is received by a port, the tag is respected. If the frame is untagged, the value contained in the PVID is considered as a tag. Because the frame is untagged and the PVID is tagged to allow the coexistence, on the same pieces of cable of VLAN-aware bridge/stations and of VLAN-unaware bridges/stations. Consider, for example, two stations connected to the central trunk link. They are VLAN-unaware and they will be associated to the VLAN x, because the PVIDs of the VLAN-aware bridges are equal to VLAN x. Because the VLAN-unaware stations will send only untagged frames, when the VLAN-aware bridge devices receive these untagged frames they will assign them to VLAN x.

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