802.1Q trunk and native vlan command.

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by Amy L., Dec 5, 2003.

  1. Amy L.

    Amy L. Guest

    So let me see if I understand this correctly.

    Say I have a trunk link between Switch A and Switch B that carries
    VLAN 10 & 11. Normally when I hook a client up to a port on switch A
    I assign it to a vlan (either 10 or 11).

    Now if I didnt put that port in either VLAN 10 or 11 and that users
    packet crosses the trunk link would it be assigned to the "native
    vlan". Although, if I didnt assign the port a vlan wouldn't that port
    still be in its native vlan of the switch which would be vlan 1.

    I am having a hard time seeing the use for this command, because every
    switch port on these switches would be in some vlan either deafult or
    assigned manually.

    Amy L., Dec 5, 2003
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  2. It would think it useful in cases where there is a differnet administrative
    authority on each side of the trunk. If you don't want their default VLAN
    polluting your default VLAN, so you can shunt untagged (default) packets to
    a VLAN other than your own default of 1. Or you might want to make it so
    that any default-default VLAN ("1") is explicitly enumerated on the trunk.
    If you have strict control over your VLANs and never expect to see a VLAN 1,
    this may help find rogue VLAN members.

    But I am really just guessing :cool:
    Phillip Remaker, Dec 5, 2003
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  3. Amy L.

    KR Guest

    The command decides what will happen to an untagged frame that arrives
    on a trunk port.

    In your example, that will (or at least should) never happen, as you
    have two trunk ports interconnected. But if you have a client directly
    connected to a trunk port, and that client is sending both untagged and
    tagged frames (say, a Cisco IP phone tagging VoIP traffic with 802.1p),
    the command makes sense.
    KR, Dec 6, 2003
  4. Amy L.

    shope Guest

    If VLAN 1 is "native for that port - you can change this on various devices.
    But one of the issue you can get with a large VLAN structure is that the tag
    numbers are not used consistantly - this is one way to alter tag numbers as
    they cross the system since native vlan tag doesnt get included in the

    Having said that the most common use seems to be in IP telephony, where a
    non tag aware device sites on a switch embedded in an IP phone and uses a
    single connection shared between the 2. The phone uses tags for its
    traffic - hey presto logically distinct voice and data traffic in different
    shope, Dec 6, 2003
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