I have been trying to get VLAN’s running between 2 Cisco Catalyst 2900XL switches linked by a Linksys SD208.
I had some difficultly (I could ping through the Linksys to either Cat2900 switch but not access higher level protocols) until I Googled and read the following.
Both ISL and IEEE 802.1Q tagging perform explicit tagging as the frame is tagged with VLAN information explicitly. ISL (the default on the Cat2900 switch) uses an external tagging process that does not modify the existing Ethernet frame whereas 802.1Q uses an internal tagging process that does modify the Ethernet frame. This internal tagging process is what allows IEEE 802.1Q tagging to work on both access and trunk links, because the frame appears to be a standard Ethernet frame.
From this I deduced that the Ethernet frames (ISL) of a default VLAN Trunk port are incompatible with the Linksys SD208 because they add to the Ethernet frame. By changing to dot1q encapsulation on my trunk interface the VLAN trunk then worked even though it was passing through the intermediate SD208.
To enable 802.1Q encapsulation you need to run the following commands change the interface to be the correct port e.g for port 22 you would enter “interface fa0/22” after going into configure mode.
>enable Password: ****** Router#config t Router(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/12 Router(config-)#switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q Router(config-)#switchport mode trunk Router(config-)#end Router#copy running-config startup-config Router#copy running-config tftp: <= always do this to get a hard copy of the switch config Router#show interfaces fastEthernet 0/12 switchport Name: Fa0/12 Switchport: Enabled Administrative mode: trunk Operational Mode: trunk Administrative Trunking Encapsulation: dot1q Operational Trunking Encapsulation: dot1q Negotiation of Trunking: Disabled Access Mode VLAN: 0 ((Inactive)) Trunking Native Mode VLAN: 1 (default) Trunking VLANs Enabled: ALL Trunking VLANs Active: 1-3 Pruning VLANs Enabled: 2-1001 Priority for untagged frames: 0 Override vlan tag priority: FALSE Voice VLAN: none Appliance trust: none
I would like to run my VLAN accross a WAP54G wireless link as well (see diagram). I haven't as yet tried it but I will post if it's successfully.
Update: Just hooked up my Catalyst VLAN trunk ports to the ethernet ports on two WAP54G in Wireless Bridge mode. After discovering I hadn't copied my running-config to the startup-config on one of the switches and that one trunk port was still in ISL VTP encapsulation mode I changed that problem and away we went.
So yes a VTP trunk running dot1q encapsulation can traverse a Linksys WAP54G Wireless Link.