Information About VLAN Groups
Whenever a client connects to a wireless network (WLAN), the client is placed in a VLAN that is associated with the WLAN. In a large venue, such as an auditorium, a stadium, or a conference room where there are numerous wireless clients, having only a single WLAN to accommodate many clients might be a challenge.
The clients can get assigned to one of the configured VLANs. When a wireless client associates to the WLAN, the VLAN is derived by an algorithm based on the MAC address of the wireless client. A VLAN is assigned to the client and the client gets the IP address from the assigned VLAN. This feature also extends the current AP group architecture and AAA override architecture, where the AP groups and AAA override can override a VLAN or a VLAN group to which the WLAN is mapped.
The system marks VLAN as Dirty for 30 minutes when the clients are unable to receive IP addresses using DHCP. The system might not clear the Dirty flag from the VLAN even after 30 minutes for a VLAN group. After 30 minutes, when the VLAN is marked non-dirty, new clients in the IP Learn state can get assigned with IP addresses from the VLAN if free IPs are available in the pool and DHCP scope is defined correctly. This is the expected behavior because the timestamp of each interface has to be checked to see if it is greater than 30 minutes, due to which there is a lag of 5 minutes for the global timer to expire.