Troubleshooting network complications can be an extremely time-consuming and difficult process. Issues such as VLAN mismatch are tough to track down among the mountain of configurations needed to get a network operational.
VLAN mismatches occur when two ends of a link are misconfigured to different VLANs. These can happen over access or trunk links. A mismatch on the link that carries the critical traffic required to keep the network functioning – the Native or management VLAN – causes additional headaches and potential security concerns.
The above image represents a native VLAN configuration where management traffic flows untagged across the switch port links normally. The image below represents a VLAN mismatch.
When the switch port on Switch 2 is misconfigured to VLAN 20, the management traffic will continue to flow between Switch 1 and 2, but any traffic returning to Switch 1 is treated as VLAN 20. This mismatched scenario could result in traffic being altogether dropped or potentially be a security concern if VLAN 20 has access to confidential data not normally accessible to VLAN 1 and the data makes it to the destination device.
Meraki uses two methods to detect VLAN mismatches. The first method is to detect if the link is configured with the same VLAN type or number on each switch port of the link. The second method is to observe if the link is identically configured as an access or trunk (multiple VLANs) connection on both sides of a switch port.
To help users spot the issue, Meraki has implemented VLAN mismatch detection that notifies users when an error is found.
The dashboard now indicates when a VLAN mismatch has occurred on a specific port and what exactly is causing the mismatch.
With the notification, users can now immediately diagnose potential issues in seconds and quickly isolate which port needs to be correctly configured.
To find more information on how Meraki handles VLAN mismatches, head to our documentation page. To learn more about all of Meraki’s safety and security features for switches, consider attending one of our upcoming webinars.
The ability to see inside your network just got easier. We have recently added Layer 3 visibility to the Meraki dashboard to create our L3 Topology View. We designed the view to dramatically increase the level of transparency into your deployment and to help network admins visually organize their network connections.
Previously, Meraki’s topology feature detailed how devices were physically connected. With the new view, you can now toggle the graph to also see how the network is logically connected using interfaces and subnets.
Nodes with interfaces on the same subnet will have lines drawn between them and are annotated with the subnet address for quick referencing. Hovering over a node with your cursor displays both the local interface addresses and routes.
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Let us know how you like the changes to the topology view inside the Meraki Community! We are always looking for new ideas on how to improve the dashboard.
To gain access to a beta release of the L3 Topology View, please contact Meraki Support.
Hot on the heels of our previous switch release (here) comes our MS210 stackable access switch.
We designed the MS210 to provide network administrators the option to stack the new 1G switch to the 10G uplink of the MS225.
Large enterprise networks often require multiple switches to handle office traffic but have only modest bandwidth needs per switch. However, many desire the flexibility to enhance their bandwidth capability as the organization’s tech needs grow.
The MS210 provides incredible power and flexibility to our switch line. Seven MS210s linked to a MS225 for its 10G uplink (to form a stack of eight) creates one of the most versatile and economical switch options available — all easily configurable using the Meraki dashboard.
The MS210 line features basic Layer 3 connectivity and comes in both 24- and 48-port models along with PoE and PoE+ power options.