Re: status of VLAN support in Debian/Linux in general
On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 03:44:50PM +0200, Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder wrote:
> I've some questions regarding VLAN support in Debian and in Linux. First: is
> <http://www.candelatech.com/~greear/vlan.html> still the main page? Google
> makes me think so, but there are some references to 2.2 kernels and none to
> 2.6 kernels, so I'm a bit unsure.
> 2.6 kernels: are they ready in general? The kernel.org and/or the debian
> kernels? kernel-patch-vlan is only in woody, so I guess recent 2.4 kernels
> don't need patches.
In my understanding the latest 2.4 and 2.6 kernels don't need any
patches for VLAN functionality.
> Which ethernet cards are working? I'm interested in both fast ethernet and
> gigabit ethernet.
In my test I had no problems with Intel and RTL8139 based cards. On the
other end there were a 3com and a SiS900 based cards, which did not work.
Most of the problems are with MTU settings in the driver.
(oh, and tulip was OK, too.)
> VLAN is an IEEE standard - is it a real standard, or is it a 'it may work
> with some switches and not work with others'? (The simple format of the
> VLAN tag in the ethernet header makes me hope for the former...)
I think if it supports 802.1q standard, then it should work for all
> Debian: Ok, I see there's the package 'vlan', so I guess it contains all I
> (Yes, some of the questions could be solved by experimenting - however, I
> don't have a VLAN capable switch yet. In fact, all I have is a 5 port 10M
> hub, an a couple of Realtek 10M network cards. Go figure...)
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