Our 3560 has a routed interface on the native (untagged) VLAN 1 connected to one port. How would I also pass that VLAN through to another port, but tag it to appear as VLAN 20 on that other port?


I have a multi-site Metro Ethernet on the untagged VLAN. Recently added a fiber link from one site to a new site that's not on the Metro. I can just use the native VLAN on the fiber, but I'd like to know if can choose to tag it.

On our Brocade/Foundry FCXs it's easy, and I hoped Cisco had an equivalent:

vlan 20
untagged e 1/1/1
tagged e 1/1/2

You might think of it as a simple form of VLAN translation.


When a physical port sees VLAN 1 (untagged) and VLAN 5 (tagged), can another physical port carry the VLAN 1 traffic but tag it as VLAN 20? In another approach toward a similar end, if port A is an access port in VLAN 1 and port B an access port (untagged) in VLAN 20, can you cross-connect them w/o blowing up the switch, perhaps if you first disable cdp?

  • Can you let us know what you are trying to accomplish? That seems like a ... weird config – Zypher Feb 16 '11 at 13:40
  • See revised question above. – Paul Feb 16 '11 at 14:18
  • My answer below lists that exact config, just skip the vlan interface if you don't need that part. – HampusLi Feb 16 '11 at 15:36

Short answer: You have a switch. You can't.

Longer answer: Possible solutions: VLAN 10 on port 1, VLAN 10 (access port = untagged) on port 2, VLAN 20 (access port = untagged) on port 3, VLAN 20 (tagged) on port 4.

Connect port 2 to port 3, disable CDP, DTP and spanning tree (or the switch will know what you're doing and disable the port). Tada! You have now connected VLAN 10 to VLAN 20. Adapt this method to suit your situation. Waste 2 ports per "bridge".

You may also want to look at bridged interfaces (bridge-group, int bri) if your switch supports that. Doesn't do much, but may be what you want in some situations.

If you want to mix and match (output VLAN 10 tagged with dot1q tag 20 on this port) you can't do it with a switch. Well, the least you'll need in a switch would be a 7600 with the expensive linecards, their name escapes me. It's called vlan remapping IIRC.

Remember, even a layer 3 switch is just a switch.

  • The above was to be my next proposal... – SpacemanSpiff Feb 16 '11 at 21:06
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    Apparently Cisco will translate VLANs on various 6500 linecards if you run 12.2(17b)SXA or later. See cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst6500/ios/12.2SXF/… VLAN translation is also a service provider/Metro Ethernet switch feature for several vendors. Thanks for helping me learn a lot! – Paul Feb 17 '11 at 4:10

A routed interface (if it is indeed a routed interface with "no switchport") on a 3560 isn't actually on a VLAN, it's just a routed interface. If you need two interfaces on this vlan just put both the current routed port in the VLAN as an access port and the second port as a tagged port with vlan 20 in the allowed vlan list, then an SVI with the routed address.

vlan 20
 name vlan20
int g0/1
 desc old routed port
 switchport mode access
 switchport access vlan 20
int g0/2
 desc trunk with tagged vlan 20
 switchport mode trunk
 switchport trunk allowed vlan 20
int vlan 20
 ip address
  • Thanks. Turns out my "routed interface" is "int vlan 1" with an IP, so I guess it's on a VLAN w/o "no switchport"! And since I'll need q-in-q on the MetroE in the future, the question becomes the follow-up added above. – Paul Feb 16 '11 at 20:14

Unless you can create some kind of bridged interface, you're basically asking how do I bridge two VLANs... you could pull this off by connecting BOTH ports to the same small switch or hub, but this, is a really bad idea. Why not just put both ports on VLAN 20 or both untagged?

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