A VLAN is a switched network that is logically segmented by function, project team, or application, without regard to the physical locations of the users. VLANs have the same attributes as physical LANs, but you can group end stations even if they are not physically located on the same LAN segment. Any controller port can belong to a VLAN, and unicast, broadcast, and multicast packets are forwarded and flooded only to end stations in the VLAN. Each VLAN is considered a logical network, and packets destined for stations that do not belong to the VLAN must be forwarded through a router or a controller supporting fallback bridging. Because a VLAN is considered a separate logical network, it contains its own bridge Management Information Base (MIB) information.
VLANs are often associated with IP subnet. For example, all the end stations in a particular IP subnet belong to the same VLAN. Interface VLAN membership on the controller is assigned manually on an interface-by-interface basis. When you assign controller interfaces to VLANs by using this method, it is known as interface-based, or static, VLAN membership.