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VLAN
Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 

Short for virtual LAN, a network of computers that behave as if they are connected to the same wire even though they may actually be physically located on different segments of a LAN. VLANs are configured through software rather than hardware, which makes them extremely flexible. One of the biggest advantages of VLANs is that when a computer is physically moved to another location, it can stay on the same VLAN without any hardware reconfiguration.

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Cisco's VLAN Roadmap
Contains product information and technical papers on Cisco's switched internetworking products.

The Virtual LAN Technology Report
A white paper from 1996 describing VLANs, how they work with ATM and DHCP and the future of VLANs. (pdf)

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