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VLAN(4)                  BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                  VLAN(4)

     vlan, svlan -- IEEE 802.1Q/1AD pseudo-device

     pseudo-device vlan

     The vlan Ethernet interface allows construction of virtual LANs when used
     in conjunction with IEEE 802.1Q-compliant Ethernet devices.  The svlan
     Ethernet interface allows construction of IEEE 802.1AD-compliant provider
     bridges.  It is normally used for QinQ to stack vlan interfaces on top of

     The interfaces can be created at runtime using the ifconfig vlanN create
     command or by setting up a hostname.if(5) configuration file for
     netstart(8).  The interface itself can be configured with ifconfig(8);
     see its manual page for more information.

     For vlan devices, the 802.1Q header specifies the virtual LAN number, and
     thus allows an Ethernet switch (or other 802.1Q compliant network
     devices) to be aware of which LAN the frame is part of, and in the case
     of a switch, which port(s) the frame can go to.  Frames transmitted
     through the vlan interface will be diverted to the specified physical
     interface with a 802.1Q vlan tag added.  802.1Q frames received by the
     parent interface with the correct vlan tag will be diverted to the asso-
     ciated vlan pseudo-interface.

     Frame headers which normally contain the destination host, source host,
     and protocol, are altered with additional information, comprising as fol-
     lows: 16 bits for the ether type (0x8100); 3 bits for the priority field;
     1 bit for the canonical field (always 0); and 12 bits for the vlan iden-
     tifier.  The priority field may be altered via pf.conf(5); see the prio
     option for more information.  Following the vlan header is the actual
     ether type for the frame and length information.

     For svlan devices, the configuration is identical to the vlan interface,
     the only differences being that it uses a different Ethernet type
     (0x88a8) and an independent VLAN ID space on the parent interface.

     vlan and svlan interfaces support the following unique ioctl(2)s:

        SIOCGETVLAN  Get the vlan tag and parent for a given vlan interface.

        SIOCSETVLAN  Set the vlan tag and parent for a given vlan interface.

     vlan and svlan interfaces use the following interface capabilities:

        IFCAP_VLAN_MTU        The parent interface can handle full sized
                              frames, plus the size of the vlan tag.

        IFCAP_VLAN_HWTAGGING  The parent interface will participate in the
                              tagging of frames.  (This is not supported by
                              svlan interfaces.)

     vlan0: initialized with non-standard mtu N (parent ...)  The
     IFCAP_VLAN_MTU capability was not set on the parent interface.  We assume
     in this event that the parent interface is not capable of handling frames
     larger than its MTU.  This will generally result in a non-compliant
     802.1Q implementation.

     Some Ethernet chips will either discard or truncate Ethernet frames that
     are larger than 1514 bytes.  This causes a problem as 802.1Q tagged
     frames can be up to 1518 bytes.  Most controller chips can be told not to
     discard large frames and/or to increase the allowed frame size.  Refer to
     the hardware manual for your chip to do this.

     If the IFCAP_VLAN_MTU capability is set on a vlan parent, vlan assumes
     that the Ethernet chip on the parent can handle oversized frames.  Either
     the chip allows 1518 byte frames by default (such as rl(4)), the driver
     has instructed the chip to do so (such as fxp(4) and dc(4)), or the
     driver also takes advantage of a hardware tagging capability, and thus
     oversized frames are never actually sent by OpenBSD (such as txp(4) and

     bridge(4), inet(4), ip(4), netintro(4), hostname.if(5), pf.conf(5),
     ifconfig(8), netstart(8)

     IEEE 802.1Q standard, http://standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.1.html.

     IEEE 802.1AD standard, Provider Bridges, QinQ.

     Originally Garrett Wollman <wollman@freebsd.org>.

BSD                            January 15, 2015                            BSD