Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Advanced Networking: Trunking

Trunking - in a VLAN concept, this means carrying multiple VLANS (re: Different) through one VLAN link. This is done via the 802.1Q standard which dictates that a tag be added to each Ethernet header to differentiate it from another VLAN.

Cisco also has it's own means of do this by encapsuling a frame into a container, with the container being sufficient to identify the VLAN that the frame is associated with. This is called "Inter-Switch Link". Obviously this technology is only supported by Cisco devices.

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