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Multi-VLAN port VS VLAN trunk port

Hi,

I'm trying to nail down what exactly is the difference between a Multi-VLAN port and a VLAN trunk port.

And in what situations is one used over the other?

Any Help?

Thanks

Mike

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Re: Multi-VLAN port VS VLAN trunk port

In a multi-VLAN port, the port will pass the specified VLANs over it while a trunk passes all the VLANs by default. If you are connecting 2 switches, trunk is the way to go. If you want to you can clear of the uneccessary VLANs.

The only scenario I can think of Mutli-VLAN feature being useful is if you have a server and if you want clients from multiple VLANs to access it, you can make the server port a multivlan port.

Note

1)Only XL switches support Multi-VLAN port feature

2)Multi-VLAN and trunks cannot co-exist

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