Advantages of Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN)

The main advantages of VLAN are listed below.

• Broadcast Control: Broadcasts are required for the normal function of a network. Many protocols and applications depend on broadcast communication to function properly. A layer 2 switched network is in a single broadcast domain and the broadcasts can reach the network segments which are so far where a particular broadcast has no scope and consume available network bandwidth. A layer 3 device (typically a Router) is used to segment a broadcast domain.

If we segment a large LAN to smaller VLANs we can reduce broadcast traffic as each broadcast will be sent on to the relevant VLAN only.

• Security: VLANs provide enhanced network security. In a VLAN network environment, with multiple broadcast domains, network administrators have control over each port and user. A malicious user can no longer just plug their workstation into any switch port and sniff the network traffic using a packet sniffer. The network administrator controls each port and whatever resources it is allowed to use.

VLANs help to restrict sensitive traffic originating from an enterprise department within itself.

• Cost: Segmenting a large VLAN to smaller VLANs is cheaper than creating a routed network with routers because normally routers costlier than switches.

• Physical Layer Transparency: VLANs are transparent on the physical topology and medium over which the network is connected.


Related Tutorials
• What is Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN)
• VLAN Membership Types
• How to create and name static VLAN
• How to view VLAN information using "show vlan" command
• Types of VLAN connection links - Trunk Links and Access Links
• VLAN Frame Tagging
• Inter-Switch Link (ISL) VLAN Tagging
• IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
• What is Native VLAN
• How to configure VLAN trunk link and native VLAN
• How to configure and assign a switch access port to a VLAN
• What is VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
• What is VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Domain
• VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Modes
• VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Advertisement Messages
• How to configure VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
• How to view VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) information
• What is VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Pruning