In article , T. Sean Weintz wrote: :Rich Seifert wrote: :> Many switches :> can assign a frame to a VLAN based on MAC source address, or even IP :> network (subnet) information.
:What brands/models CAN do this? Could you give me just a few examples?
As an example, the Nortel Networks Baystack 4x0 series can assign VLANs according to frame protocol -- e.g., IPX 802.2, IPX 802.3, NETBUI, Appletalk, IP.
As another example, Cisco's C2950 series are quite close to being routers, and other members of the same family, the C3550 and C3750, -are- effectively routers, complete with Policy Based Routing, Private VLANs, Virtual Router Facility, VLAN tunnelling, QoS with policers and rate limiting, and many other features.
The Nortel Baystack 5510 series are effectively routers as well, with advanced QoS features, but without policy based routing in current software releases. They are also about 1/3 the price per port of the Cisco 3750's.
If I recall correctly, the HP Procurve switches are layer 3 switches that can do some vlan classification. They have had QoS for some time, and can now do rate limiting as well -- but the QoS is quite rigid compared to Cisco's.
These days, there is a very wide range of pricing on switches, dependant upon the nominal port speeds, the actual sustainable throughput, the number of layers of inspection, managability, QoS flexibility, routing flexibility, stackability, cluster management, security features, quality of technical support...
You really have to know what you are looking for in a switch now. They are *not* "basically all the same" anymore... but you might have to do a fair bit of digging to figure out what the differences really are and why those differences are important.