A virtual local area network (VLAN) is a common component of many office networks. VLANs allow for computers to be interconnected with all the properties of a standard LAN, even if they are not in the same physical location, because the LAN is created virtually through software rather than physically connecting each computer via Ethernet cables. If you use a network switch manufactured by Linksys, you can configure multiple VLANs in just a few basic steps.
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Things you need
- Ethernet cable
Access the switch's web interface by attaching the Ethernet cable from one of the numbered Ethernet ports on the switch to the computer's Ethernet ports and opening a web browser. The switch's local access IP should be typed into the address bar of the Internet browser followed by the "Enter" key. If you do not know the local access IP address, look on the switch itself for a sticker displaying the local access IP address and check the switch's documentation.
Click "Port Management" on your switch's web interface screen. Underneath port management, click "Create a VLAN" followed by the "Enable VLAN" checkbox underneath.
Configure each VLAN by assigning it a name, an IP range, and all other relevant information. The exact VLAN settings to be used will depend heavily on your Internet service and certain other specific features related to the network being used. Contact your IT help desk or technical support department with any VLAN configuration settings questions. The exact means for entering them will depend heavily on what model of Linksys switch you use. Contact Linksys technical support to address any questions.
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