I want to configure a Cisco 881W to deliver Corporate wired and wireless connectivity, plus Guest wireless connectivity on a second SSID, connected to the core by a site-site VPN. I was expecting to have to use VRFs to separate the Corporate and Guest traffic into their own routing domains, but that's out of my area of experience when running over a vpn backhaul. However, I have read some things about "protected" ports and believe that data ingressing from one protected port will not egress over another protected port. This could make my config much simpler and easier to maintain if my understanding is right.

Has anyone out there got specific knowledge of the "protected" command, and are my assumptions above anywhere near the mark.

As a corollory, I was looking at "protected" because I wanted to set one port "sticky", but the 881W doesn't have that command....or is it hidden? Do I REALLY have to go the hard way and use ACLs and stuff?

  • Could you help us understand a bit more about the traffic you're trying to separate? Is all the traffic in the same vlan? A diagram, which includes addressing and what you're protecting would be beneficial. Dec 6, 2013 at 16:33
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To answer your only question-

"switchport protected" is kind of like PVLAN-lite. Under the interface configuration of a switchport you can issue the "switchport protected" command. This simply prevents that port from forwarding traffic to another protected switchport. The situation you are describing is common, you can have all of your downlinks configured as protected ports so that traffic from each port can only be forwarded out an uplink interface.

Unfortunately, 881's do no support this configuration because they don't have all the features available on Cisco's dedicated ethernet switches.

  • They are technically switchports, but they don't act like a 2960-S. The switchport and vlan configuration are quite limited. Also, I use an 881 for my internet at home and for IPsec VPNs :D Dec 6, 2013 at 17:42

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