Need help setting up VLAN for project

January 1, 2010 at 23:47:07
Specs: Windows XP
Hi I am new to the networking ,i know only the basic concepts of networks.can anyone tel me,wat the requirements are and how much it costs to set upa vlan ? I need it for my project.

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January 2, 2010 at 05:13:43
What makes you think you need VLAN's for your project?

You will need at the very least, one router and switch that are VLAN capable or, one Layer 3 switch.

The cost is relative to what equipment you purchase. Don't forget, the switch will be a managed switch so you'll need to know how to configure it. If you don't already know how to do that, you'll have to learn.

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January 2, 2010 at 05:17:50
Thanks a lot for your reply.
My project is based on cloud computing , am trying to provide isolated traffic channels using vlan and bridges.can you please tel me where i can learn to configure a switch.
Thanks in advance.

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January 2, 2010 at 05:27:28
Is this a homework exercise by chance?

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January 2, 2010 at 05:31:20
no.. its not. its for my project oly but am sorry if my questions r dumb ,am really new to this .I wanted to do a project on my own instead of buyin one as everybody does..

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January 2, 2010 at 05:37:30
I hate to break it to you but if you don't already know about VLAN's and VLAN tagging and how to program VLAN capable switches you need to get some training on the aforementioned.

Trying to do a project like you described, on your own, without a decent level of knowledge in the subject area is begging for trouble. Not to mention the fact that the time it takes to configure and deploy said project will be huge compared to if you already had all the necessary knowledge.

My best advice to you is to hire a reputable consultant to do this for you. If you hire the right person, they might even be willing to teach you some of what you need to know. The rest you can learn on your own.

At present, you don't seem to have enough knowledge to maintain such a setup, much less configure and deploy one.

There are other considerations you need to take into account. Mainly, security for your data. VLAN tagging and bridging do not supply security and anybody with a packet sniffer could grab your traffic and data. So you would need to also add encryption to your data and likely will need VPN's of some sort between sites.

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January 2, 2010 at 05:44:13
Thanks a lot for telling me the real scenario ,a reputable consultant as u said is so difficult to find and am already trying, anyways thanks a lot for your time and information .I ll see what can be done.

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January 2, 2010 at 09:16:12
I would point out that for cloud computing you use vpn's [via the internet] not vlans unless these vlans are internal to the cloud.

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January 3, 2010 at 01:27:06
Thanks alot ,I ll think about it.

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