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VLAN(4)                 NetBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                VLAN(4)

vlan -- IEEE 802.1Q Virtual LAN network device
pseudo-device vlan
The vlan interface provides support for IEEE 802.1Q Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN). This supports the trunking of more than one network on a single network interface. This is particularly useful on routers or on hosts which must be connected to many different networks through a single physical interface. To use a vlan interface, the administrator must first create the inter- face and then specify the VLAN tag (a 16-bit integer which distinguishes each VLAN from any others) and physical interface associated with the VLAN. This can be done by using the ifconfig(8) create, vlan, and vlanif subcommands from a shell command line or script. From within a C pro- gram, use the ioctl(2) system call with the SIOCSIFCREATE and SIOCSIFVLAN arguments. To be compatible with other IEEE 802.1Q devices, the vlan interface sup- ports a 1500 byte MTU, which means that the parent interface will have to handle packets that are 4 bytes larger than the original Ethernet stan- dard. Drivers supporting this increased MTU are: - drivers using the DP8390 core (such as ec(4), ne(4), we(4), and possibly others) - bge(4) - ea(4) - eb(4) - epic(4) - ex(4) - fxp(4) - gem(4) - hme(4) - le(4) - sip(4) - ste(4) - stge(4) - ti(4) - tl(4) - tlp(4) - wm(4) - xi(4) vlan can be used with devices not supporting the IEEE 802.1Q MTU, but then the MTU of the vlan interface will be 4 bytes too small and will not interoperate properly with other IEEE 802.1Q devices, unless the MTU of the other hosts on the VLAN are also lowered to match.
The following will create interface vlan0 with VLAN tag six, on the Ethernet interface tlp0: ifconfig vlan0 create ifconfig vlan0 vlan 6 vlanif tlp0 After this set up, IP addresses (and/or other protocols) can be assigned to the vlan0 interface. All other hosts on the Ethernet connected to tlp0 which configure a VLAN and use VLAN tag six will see all traffic transmitted through vlan0. The same VLAN can be created at system startup time by placing the fol- lowing in /etc/ifconfig.vlan0: create vlan 6 vlanif tlp0
The vlan device first appeared in NetBSD 1.5.1.
The vlan driver was integrated by Andrew Doran <ad@NetBSD.org> and Jason R. Thorpe <thorpej@zembu.com>. It was derived from a VLAN imple- mentation that appeared in FreeBSD and OpenBSD.
The vlan interfaces do not currently inherit changes made to the physical interfaces' MTU. NetBSD 3.0.2 May 6, 2003 NetBSD 3.0.2
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