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    Creating and Managing Local Switching Profiles

    With local packet switching, packets switch directly from access points to the wired network instead of passing through a controller. When local switching is enabled, the client VLAN is directly accessible through the wired interface on the access points and packets are switched directly to and from this interface. Access points configured to perform local packet switching can perform better than access points tunneling data through a controller. Local switching is disabled by default.

    Tip: An access point can be configured to switch packets for some VLANs locally and tunnel packets for other VLANs through the controller switch.

    Use the Local Switching page to create new Local Switching Profiles and manage existing Local Switching Profiles.

    Managing Local Switching Profiles

    From the Manage Local Switching page, you can:

    • Create a new Local Switching Profile by clicking Add. For directions, see Creating a Local Switching Profile.
    • Modify an existing Local Switching Profile by selecting it and clicking Edit.
    • Assign a Local Switching Profile to access points by selecting the profile and clicking Assign. For directions, see Assigning a Local Switching VLAN Profile to Existing Access Points.
    • Edit an existing Local Switching Profile by selecting it and clicking Edit Assign.
    • View information about a Local Switching Profile by either clicking the profile name or by selecting the profile and clicking Details.
    • Delete a Local Switching Profile by selecting site name and clicking Delete.

      Tip: You cannot delete a profile that is in use. To see the current state of a profile, select the site name and click Details.

    • Clone a Local Switching Profile by selecting a profile and clicking Clone.

    Table 1 describes the information provided about Local Switching Profiles on the Manage Switching Profiles page. This page lists all Local Switching Profile defined for your network, regardless of the scope you selected in the network view.

    Table 1: Local Switching Profile Information

    Field

    Description

    Name

    Type a unique name that identifies the profile.

    Use up to 32 characters for wireless profile names. Profile names must not contain special characters or spaces. Note that profiles automatically created by Network Director as part of device discovery or out-of-band changes might contain the underscore (_) character.

    Description

    Add any description here.

    VLAN Members

    VLANs that belong to this Local Switching Profile

    Assignment State

    Displays the assignment state of the profile. A profile can be:

    • Unassigned—When the profile is not assigned to any object.
    • Deployed—When the profile is assigned and is deployed from Deploy mode.
    • Pending Deployment—When the profile is assigned, but not yet deployed in the network.

    Creation Time

    Date and time when the profile was created.

    Last Updated Time

    Date and time when the profile was last modified.

    User Name

    The username of the person who created or modified the profile.

    Tip: All columns might not be displayed. To show or hide fields listed in the table, click the down arrow on the field header, select Columns, and select or clear the check box adjacent to the field that you want to show or hide.

    Creating a Local Switching Profile

    To create a Local Switching Profile, follow these steps:

    1. Under Views, select either Logical View, Location View, Device View or Custom Group View.

      Tip: Do not select Dashboard View, Datacenter View, or Topology View.

    2. Click in the Network Director banner.
    3. Click Add.

      The Create Local Switching page opens.

    4. Provide the local switching settings listed in Specifying Local Switching Profile Settings.
    5. Click Done.

    Specifying Local Switching Profile Settings

    Local Switching Profiles consist of a list of VLANs whose members perform local packet switching. To add a VLAN to a Local Switching Profile, complete the tasks in Table 2.

    Table 2: Adding VLANs to a Local Switching Profile

    Field

    Action

    Name and Description

    Type a unique name that identifies the profile.

    Use up to 32 characters for wireless profile names. Profile names must not contain special characters or spaces. Note that profiles automatically created by Network Director as part of device discovery or out-of-band changes might contain the underscore (_) character.

    Task: Add existing VLANs to this local switching profile

    1. Click Select.

      The Select VLAN Members window opens, displaying a list of all VLANs with device family WLC currently available in Network Director.

    2. Select one or more VLANs from the list.
    3. You can edit the VLAN Mode, tagged/untagged property, and VLAN tag values for the selected VLAN
    4. Click OK.

      The VLANs are added to the list of Selected VLAN Members.

    Task: Add the names of VLANs not yet managed by Network Director

    1. Click Add.

      The Add VLAN Members window opens.

    2. Type the name of a VLAN on another controller in this domain.
    3. When the optional tag-value is set, it is used as the 802.1Q tag for the VLAN. Enable Tagged and provide a Tag Value.
    4. Select a VLAN Mode:
      • Local Switching—Use VLANs in the profile for packet transfer. By default, the VLAN mode is local-switching. When a client connects to an access point with local switching enabled and assigned a VLAN, if the VLAN is part of the VLAN profile, the session is locally switched. However, if a VLAN is not part of the VLAN profile, the session uses overlay mode.
      • Overlay—Use AP to AP tunneling to create and terminate client VLAN tunnels. This way, a VLAN is not required on every access point.
    5. Optionally add an mDNS Profile to this VLAN to enable Apple TV, Internet printing, or iTunes use on the VLAN. Click Select next to mDNS Profile, select a profile from the list, and then click OK. The name of the profile appears in the mDNS Profile field.
    6. Click OK.

      The Add VLAN Members window closes and the VLAN(s) are added to the list of selected VLAN members on the Create Local Switching Profile page.

    7. Click Done.

      The Create Local Switching Profile page closes and the Manage Local Switching Profiles pages is displayed with the new profile added to the Manage Local Switching Profiles list.

    What To Do Next

    Assign VLAN Switching Profiles to access points—see Assigning a Local Switching VLAN Profile to Existing Access Points.

    Modified: 2018-01-23