Can you please help me understand use of Frame-Relay Interface-dlci command. It’s getting mysterious for me day by day as I am studying FR. The reason being is I earlier thought that I should only use this command on FR point to point subinterface. As Point to Point subinterface don’t allow us to put Frame relay map statements. Also in such case Inverse arp should be turned off. But while I was going through Cisco’s FR documentation on website I saw that in almost all examples they used interface dlci command on interface not on sub interface and also without turning off inverse arp. So the question now is if inverse arp is turned on then as per my understanding we need not to put this command as it will discover dlci settings through lmi signals automatically.

Kindly explain Interface Dlci command to me…

When I saw this post, I got to thinking a little bit.  Mostly about the fact that the interface-dlci appears to be a much more misunderstood command than I ever gave it credit for!  (poor thing...)

The quick answer is that the "frame-relay inteface-dlci" command simply says "This DLCI goes here" to the router.

On a physical interface, this command is largely irrelevant (more in a minute) because ALL DLCIs are assigned to the physical interface by default.  If you are ever interested, concerned or otherwise bored, just check out "show frame-relay pvc" and you will see where they are assigned.

So in the case of sub-interfaces, there is no automagical assignment of DLCI numbers.  Even if your subinterface number and DLCI number are the same.  That's just a sign of being anal-retentive (or as we consultants call it, "good at documentation") or a little OCD.  But you can technically have DLCI 100 on subinterface Serial 0/0.223.  Kinda strange, but perfectly workable!

So whenever you have a subinterface, you need to do SOMETHING to tell the router "this DLCI goes here".

So now let's look at the next portion:  Mapping.  Layer3 to Layer2 mapping in particular.   We can learn about L3-L2 mapping via Inverse ARP.  This is on by default, but frowned upon in the CCIE Realm!  "Show frame-relay map" will let you know if you have learned any addresses dynamically or not.

So if we DID allow Inverse ARP, whether our subinterfaces were point-to-point or multipoint ones, we COULD just use the "frame-relay interface-dlci" command and nothing else.  (Yes, I know inverse ARP requests are not sent by default on subinterfaces, but responses still are.  Watch your debugs!)  :)

So the Interface-DLCI command assigned the PVC to a subinterface.  Inverse ARP then took care of the mapping.  What if we aren't allowed to use Inverse ARP?  Like for the CCIE lab?  Ok, what are our options?  Well, the "frame-relay map" command is the most obvious and well known.  That works very well.  The "frame-relay map" command both assigned L3-L2 mapping AND says "this DLCI goes here" all in one command!

Unless of course you are on a point-to-point subinterface.  As you pointed out, you can't use the map command there!  But that's ok, it's not needed anyway!  Point-to-point links have a different way of thinking.  They view the world as "If it's not my address it must be yours" and sends things out.

So that covers our two primary issues with PVC operations in Frame Relay.  #1 is assigning the DLCI to an interface (no magic).  #2 is the L3-L2 mapping to make IP actually work!

The last part I want to add (re: my "more in a minute" above) was that the "frame-relay inteface-dlci" command also serves another purpose which sometimes gets confusing in terms of where we just got through with things!

So where we left things with "frame-relay interface-dlci" commands:

1.  Definitely used on point-to-point subinterfaces
2.  Can be used on multipoint subinterfaces if Inverse ARP works
3.  Not used on physical interfaces because all DLCIs belong there by default.

Now, just to mess with that logic a bit.  When studying frame-relay, and particularly by the time you get into QoS configurations you will become familiar with frame-relay map-classes.  Map classes can be assigned to an interface or subinterface without any problem.  When this occurs, the information in the map-class gets appled to EVERY DLCI on that interface or subinterface.

So what happens if you have different QoS parameters for different PVCs that just happen to be on the same interface/subinterface?  Hmmmm...  Well, in comes the "frame-relay inteface-dlci" command again!  See, it really IS a cool command!

The "frame-relay map" command does not have any parameter for adding a map-class.  After you hit enter on your "frame-relay interface-dlci" command though, you'll get a new sub-command prompt.  Try using "?" here.  You'll see that you have the opportunity to specify a separate map-class for each and every DLCI that you have.

So if you see "frame-relay interface-dlci" commands on a physical interface.  Or if you see them AND a "frame-relay map" command under a multipoint subinterface, this is the reason why.  If you use the "frame-relay inteface-dlci" command AND the "frame-relay map" command for the same PVC, you will need to make sure the "frame-relay map" command comes first.  Otherwise the router will express its displeasure!

So there are some very simple, but also some very powerful things the little "frame-relay interface-dlci" command does.  Hopefully that will help you take some of the mystery out of things!


Hi Brian,

I ran into these nasty frame relay mappings during an initial lab set-up and was wondering why they are there, (even with inverse-arp disabled), and what they are actually doing. I was able to remove them only after writing my configuration to memory, and then performing a reload of the router.

Router(config-if)#do show frame map
Serial0/0 (up): ip dlci 113(0x71,0x1C10)
CISCO, status defined, inactive
Serial0/0 (up): ip dlci 105(0x69,0x1890)
CISCO, status defined, active
Serial0/0 (up): ip dlci 104(0x68,0x1880)
CISCO, status defined, active
Serial0/0 (up): ip dlci 103(0x67,0x1870)
CISCO, status defined, active



Hi Josh,

This is actually an error relating to AutoInstall over Frame Relay. When the router boots up and does not have a configuration file saved in NVRAM, it attempts to run autoinstall to automatically find an IP address and download a config. The first thing the router does is to detect the encapsulation on its WAN interfaces, which in this case is Frame Relay. Once the router finds that it's running Frame Relay, it attempts to send a config request via TFTP. In order to do this it needs an IP address, so it sends a BOOTP request out all DLCIs. Since the router doesn't know what the unicast IP addresses are on the other ends of the circuits, it creates IPv4 mappings to for all circuits and includes the "broadcast" keyword on them. This allows the router to encapsulate the BOOTP request out all DLCIs.

If you haven't actually configured IP helper-address or a BOOTP server, the operation will fail. The result of this that we see is that when Frame Relay is re-enabled on the interfaces the mappings to reappear. In some versions of IOS this can be fixed by removing Frame Relay and re-applying it, for example:

router#config t
router(config)#interface s0/0
router(config-if)#encapsulation ppp
router(config-if)#encapsulation frame-relay

In most versions however this does not work. Therefore the way to fix this is just to have the router not do autoinstall on bootup. Since the router does autoinstall because it doesn't have a config saved in memory, the only way to 100% fix it is to save your config to NVRAM (wr m), and to reload.


The 3560 QoS processing model is tightly coupled with it’s hardware architecture borrowed from the 3750 series switches. The most notable feature is the internal switch ring, which is used for the switch stacking purpose. Packets entering a 3560/3750 switch are queued and serviced twice: first on the ingress, before they are put on the internal ring, and second on the egress port, where they have been delivered by the internal ring switching. In short, the process looks as follows:

[Classify/Police/Mark] -> [Ingress Queues] -> [Internal Ring] -> [Egress Queues]

For more insights and detailed overview of StackWise technology used by the 3750 models, visit the following link:

Cisco StackWise Technology White Paper

Next, it should be noted that the 3560 model is capable of recognizing and processing IPv6 pacekts natively – this feature affects some classification options. Another big difference is the absence of internal DSCP value and the use of QoS label for internal packet marking. This feature allows the 3560 switches to provide different classes of services to CoS or DSCP marked packets, by allowing them to be mapped to different queues/thresholds etc. Many other concepts and commands are different as well, as is some nomenclature (e.g. the number of the priority queue). We will try to summarize and analyze the differences under the following paragraphs. The biggest obstacle is absence of any good information source on the 3750/3560 switches QoS, besides the Cisco Documentation site, which has really poor documents regarding both models.

1. Queue Scheduler: SRR

One significant change is replacement of WRR scheduler with SRR, where latter stands for either Shared Round Robin or Shaped Round Robin – which are two different modes of operation for the scheduler. As we remember, what WRR does is simply de-queue the number of packets proportional to the weight assigned to a queue walking through queues in round-robin fashion. SRR performs similar in shared more: each output queue has a weight value assigned, and is serviced in proportion to the assigned weight when interface is under congestion.

The implementation details are not documented to open public by Cisco; however, so far we know that Shared Round Robin tries to behave more “fairly” than WRR does. While on every scheduler round WRR empties each queue up to the maximum number of allowed packet, before switching to the next queue, SRR performs a series of quick runs each round, deciding on whether to de-queue a packet from the particular queue (based on queue weights). In effect, SRR achieves more “fairness” on per-round basis, because it does not take the whole allowed amount each time it visits a queue. On the “long run” SRR and WRR behave similarly.

The shaped mode of SRR is something not available with WRR at all. With this mode, each queue has weight that determines the maximum allowed transmission rate for a queue. That is, interface bandwidth is divided in proportions of queue weights, and each queue is not allowed to send packets above this “slice” of common bandwidth. The details of the implementation are not provided, so we can only assume it’s some kind of effective policing strategy. Pay special attention, that SRR weight values are *absolute*, not relative. That is, the proportion of interface bandwidth give to a particular queue is "1/weight*{interface speed}. So for a weight of "20" the limit is "1/20*Speed" and equals to 5Mbps with 100Mbps interface. Also, by default, queue 1 has SRR shaped weight 1/25, so take care when you turn MLS QoS on.

An interface could be configured for SRR shared and shaped mode at the same time. However, SRR shaped mode always take preference over SRR shared weights. Finally, SRR provides support for priority queue but this queue is not subject to SRR shaping limits as well. The weight assigned to the priority queue is simply ignored for SRR calculations. Note that unlike the 3550, on the 3560, egress priority queue has queue-id 1, not 4. Here is an example:

! By settings shape weight to zero we effectively disable shaping for the particular queue
interface gigabitethernet0/1
srr-queue bandwidth shape 10 0 0 0
srr-queue bandwidth share 10 10 60 20
! As expedite queue (queue-id 1) is enabled, it’s weight is no longer honored by the SRR scheduler
priority-queue out

Another interesting egress feature is port rate-limit. SRR could be configured to limit the total port bandwidth to a percentage of physical interface speed – from 10% to 90%. Don’t configure this feature if there is no need to limit overall port bandwidth.

! Limit the available egress bandwidth to 80% of interface speed
interface gigabitethernet0/1
srr-queue bandwidth limit 80

Note that the resulting port rate depends on the physical speed of the port - 10/100/1000Mbps.

2. Egress Queues

The 3550 has four egress queues identified by their numbers 1-4 available to every interface,. Queue number 4 could be configured as expedite. On the 3560 side, we have the same four egress queues, but this time for expedite services we could configure queue-id 1.

With the 3550, for “class-to-queue” mapping only CoS to queue-id table is available on a per-port basis. Globally configurable DSCP to CoS mapping table is used to map an internal DSCP value to the equivalent CoS. As for the 3560 model, DSCP and CoS values are mapped to queue-ids separately. That means IP and non-IP traffic could be mapped/serviced separately. What if an IP packet comes with DSCP and CoS values both set? Then the switch will use the marking used for classification (e.g. CoS if trust cos or set cos were used) to assign the packet to a queue/threshold.

The 3550 supports WTD and WRED as queue drop strategy (the latter option available on Gigabit ports only). The 3560 model supports WTD as the only drop strategy, allowing for three per-queue drop thresholds. Only two of the thresholds are configurable – called explicit drop thresholds - and the third one is fixed to mark the full queue state (implicit threshold).

Finally, the mentioned mappings are configured for queue-id and drop threshold simultaneously in global configuration mode - unlike the 3550 where you configured CoS to Queue-ID and DSCP to Drop-Threshold mappings separately (and on per-interface basis).

! CoS values are mapped to 4 queues. Remember queue-id 1 could be set as expedite

! The next entry maps CoS value 5 to queue 1 and threshold 3 (100%)
mls qos srr-queue output cos-map queue 1 threshold 3 5
! VoIP signaling and network management traffic go to queue 2
mls qos srr-queue output cos-map queue 2 threshold 3 3 6 7
mls qos srr-queue output cos-map queue 3 threshold 3 2 4
mls qos srr-queue output cos-map queue 4 threshold 2 1
mls qos srr-queue output cos-map queue 4 threshold 3 0

! DSCP to queue/threshold mappings
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 1 threshold 3 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47

mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 2 threshold 3 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 2 threshold 3 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 2 threshold 3 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63

mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 3 threshold 3 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 3 threshold 3 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

! DSCP 8 is CS1 – Scavenger class, mapped to the first threshold of the last queue
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 4 threshold 1 8
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 4 threshold 2 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
mls qos srr-queue output dscp-map queue 4 threshold 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Next, what we need to know is how to configure egress queue buffer spaces along with the threshold settings. With the 3550 we had two options: first, globally configurable buffer levels for FastEthernet ports, assigned per interface; second, one shared buffer pool for each of gigabit ports, with proportions (weights) configured on per-interface level too. With the 3560 things have been changed. Firstly, all ports are now symmetrical in their configurations. Secondly, a concept of queue-set has been introduced. A queue-set defines buffer space partition scheme as well as threshold levels for each of four queues. Only two queue-set are available in the system, and are configured globally. After a queue-set has been defined/redefined it could be applied to an interface. Of course, default queue-set configurations exist as well.

As usual, queue thresholds are defined in percentage of the allocated queue memory (buffer space). However, the 3560 switch introduced another buffer pooling model. There exist two buffer pools – reserved and common. Each interface has some buffer space allocated under the reserved pool. This reserved buffer space, allocated to an interface, could be partitioned between egress interface queues, by assigning a weight value (this resembles the gigabit interface buffer partitioning with the 3550):

! Queue-sets have different reserved pool partitioning schemes
! Each of four queues is given a weight value to allocate some reserved buffer space
mls qos queue-set output 1 buffers 10 10 26 54
mls qos queue-set output 2 buffers 16 6 17 61
interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
queue-set 1

What about the common buffer pool? Let’s take a look at the threshold setting command first:

mls qos queue-set output qset-id threshold queue-id drop-threshold1 drop-threshold2 reserved-threshold maximum-threshold

We see two explicitly configured thresholds 1 and 2 – just as with the 3550. However, there is one special threshold called reserved-threshold. What it does, is specifies how much of reserved buffer space is allocated to a queue – i.e. how much of reserved buffers are actually “reserved”. As we know, with the 3560 model every queue on every port has some memory allocated under reserved buffer pool. The reserved-threshold tells how much of this memory to allocate to a queue – from 1 to 100%. The unused amount of the reserved buffer space becomes available to over queues under the common buffer pool mentioned above. The common buffer pool could be used by any queue to borrow buffers above the queue’s reserved space. That allows to set drop-thresholds to values greater than 100%, meaning it’s allowable for queue to take more credit from common pool to satisfy it needs. The maximum-threshold specifies the “borrowing limit” – how much a queue is allowed to grow into the common pool.

Look at the command “mls qos queue-set output 1 threshold 1 138 138 92 138”. It says we shrink reserved buffer space for queue 1 to 92% sending the exceeding space to common pool. All the three drop-thresholds are set to 138% of the queue buffer space (allocated by buffer command), meaning we allow the queue to borrow from the common pool up to the levels specified. Drop thresholds may be set as large as 400% of the configured queue size.

Now we see that this model is a bit more complicated than it was with the 3550. We don’t know the actual sizes of reserved buffer pool, but we are allowed to specify the relative importance of each queue. Additionally, we may give up some reserved buffer space out to a common buffer pool to share with the other queues. Here is a detailed example from AutoQoS settings:

! Set thresholds for all four queues in queue-set 1
mls qos queue-set output 1 threshold 1 138 138 92 138
mls qos queue-set output 1 threshold 2 138 138 92 400
mls qos queue-set output 1 threshold 3 36 77 100 318
mls qos queue-set output 1 threshold 4 20 50 67 400

! Set thresholds for all four queues in queue-set 2
mls qos queue-set output 2 threshold 1 149 149 100 149
mls qos queue-set output 2 threshold 2 118 118 100 235
mls qos queue-set output 2 threshold 3 41 68 100 272
mls qos queue-set output 2 threshold 4 42 72 100 242

interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
queue-set 1
interface gigabitEthernet 0/2
queue-set 2

An finally, if you are not sure what you’re doing, don’t play with thresholds and buffer space partitioning – leave the to the default values, or use AutoQoS recommendations. So says the DocCD!

3. Ingress Queues

The unique feature of the 3560 switches is possibility to configure two ingress queues on every port. Of these queues, you may configure any to be an expedite queue, with queue 2 being the default. The priority queue is guaranteed access to the internal ring when the ring is congested. SRR only serves the ingress queues in shared mode. All the weights are configured globally, not per-interface as it was with the egress queues:

! Disable the default priority queue and share the bandwidth on the ring in 1/4 proportion
mls qos srr-queue input priority-queue 2 bandwidth 0
mls qos srr-queue input bandwidth 25 75

The UniverCD has a very shallow description of how actually SRR algorithm serves the two queues, when one of them is configured as expedite. So far, it looks like that you should configure one queue as expedite, assign the priority bandwidth value to it (from 1 to 40% of the internal ring bandwidth), and also assign the bandwidth values to both of the ingress queues as usual:

mls qos srr-queue input priority-queue 1 bandwidth 10
mls qos srr-queue input bandwidth 50 50

What’s that supposed to mean? Seems like queue 1 is partially serviced as an expedite queue, up the limit set by priority-queue bandwidth. As this counter exhausts, it is then being served on par with the non-expedite queue, using the bandwidth weights assigned. With the example about that mean we have 10% of bandwidth dedicated to priority queue services. As soon as this counter exhausts (say on a per-round basis) SRR continues to service both ingress queues using the remaining bandwidth counter (90%) shared in the proportions of the weights assigned (50 & 50) – that means 45% of the ring bandwidth to each of the queues. Overall, it looks like SRR simulates a policer for priority queue, but rather than dropping the traffic it simply changes the scheduling mode, until enough credits are accumulated to start expedite services again. Now go figures how to use that in real life! Too bad Cisco does no give out to public any internal details on their SRR implementation.

Now, two things remain to consider for the ingress queues: class mappings to the queues, and buffer/threshold settings. The class mapping uses the same syntax as for the egress queues, allowing configuring global mapping of CoS and DSCP do queue-ids and thresholds.

! CoS to queue-id/threshold
mls qos srr-queue input cos-map queue 1 threshold 3 0
mls qos srr-queue input cos-map queue 1 threshold 2 1
mls qos srr-queue input cos-map queue 2 threshold 1 2
mls qos srr-queue input cos-map queue 2 threshold 2 4 6 7
mls qos srr-queue input cos-map queue 2 threshold 3 3 5

! DSCP to queue-id/threshold
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 1 threshold 2 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 1 threshold 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 1 threshold 3 32
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 2 threshold 1 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 2 threshold 2 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 48
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 2 threshold 2 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 2 threshold 2 57 58 59 60 61 62 63
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 2 threshold 3 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
mls qos srr-queue input dscp-map queue 2 threshold 3 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47

As it seems reasonable, the classification option (CoS, DSCP) used determines that mapping table for ingress queue.

The buffer partitioning is pretty simple – there is no common pool, and you only specify the relative weight for every queue. Thresholds are also simplified – you configure just two too of them, in percentage of queue size. The third threshold is implicit, as usual.

! Thresholds are set to 8% and 16% for queue 1; 34% and 66% for queue-2
! Buffers are partitioned in 67/33 proportion
mls qos srr-queue input threshold 1 8 16
mls qos srr-queue input threshold 2 34 66
mls qos srr-queue input buffers 67 33

So far we covered enough for a single post. In the next post we will discuss how classification policing and marking techniques differ between the 3550 and 3560 models.


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Private VLAN concepts are quite simple, but Cisco's implemenation and configuration steps are a bit confusing - with all the "mappings" and "associations" stuff. Here comes a short overview of how private VLANs work.

To begin with, let's look at the concept of VLAN as a broadcast domain. What Private VLANs (PVANs) do, is split the domain into multiple isolated broadcast subdomains. It's a simple nesting concept - VLANs inside a VLAN. As we know, Ethernet VLANs are not allowed to communicate directly, they need L3 device to forward packets between broadcast domains. The same concept applies to PVLANS - since the subdomains are isolated at level 2, they need to communicate using an upper level (L3 and packet forwarding) entity - such as router. However, there is difference here. Regular VLANs usually correspond to a single IP subnet. When we split VLAN using PVLANs, hosts in different PVLANs still belong to the same IP subnet, but they need to use router (another L3 device) to talk to each other (for example, by means of local Proxy ARP). In turn, router may either permit or forbid communications between sub-VLANs using access-lists.
Why would anyone need Private VLANs? Commonly, this kind of configurations arise in "shared" environments, say ISP co-location, where it's beneficial to put multiple customers into the same IP subnet, yet provide a good level of isolation between them.

For our sample configuration, we will take VLAN 100 and divide it into two PVLANs - sub-VLANs 101 and 102. Take the regular VLAN and call it primary (VLAN 100 in our example), then divide ports, assigned to this VLAN, by their types:

Promiscuous (P): Usually connects to a router - a type of a port which is allowed to send and receive frames from any other port on the VLAN
Isolated (I): This type of port is only allowed to communicate with P-ports - they are "stub". This type of ports usually connects to hosts
Community (C): Community ports are allowed to talk to their buddies, sharing the same group (of course they can talk to P-ports)

In order to implement sub-VLAN behavior, we need to define how packets are forwarded between different port types. First comes the Primary VLAN - simply the original VLAN (VLAN 100 in our example). This type of VLAN is used to forward frames downstream from P-ports to all other port types (I and C ports). In essense, Primary VLAN entails all port in domain, but is only used to transport frames from router to hosts (P to I and C). Next comes Secondary VLANs, which correspond to Isolated and Community port groups. They are used to transport frames in the opposite direction - from I and C ports to P-port.

Isolated VLAN: forwards frames from I ports to P ports. Since Isolated ports do not exchange frames with each other, we can use just ONE isolated VLAN to connect all I-Port to the P-port.
Community VLANs: Transport frames between community ports (C-ports) within to the same group (community) and forward frames uptstream to the P-ports of the primary VLAN.

This is how it works:

Primary VLANs is used to deliver frames downstream from router to all hosts; Isolated VLAN transports frames from stub hosts upstream to the router; Community VLANs allow frames exchange withing a single group and also forward frames in upstream direction towards P-port. All the basic MAC address learning and unknown unicast flooding princinples remain the same.

Let's move to the configuration part (Primary VLAN 100, Isolated VLAN 101 and Community VLAN 102).

Step 1:

Create Primary and Secondary VLANs and group them into PVLAN domain:

! Creating VLANs: Primary, subject to subdivision
vlan 100
private-vlan primary

! Isolated VLAN: Connects all stub hosts to router
vlan 101
private-vlan isolated

! Community VLAN: allows a subVLAN within a Primary VLAN
vlan 102
private-vlan community

! Associating
vlan 100
private-vlan assoc 101,102

What this step is needed for, is to group PVLANs into a domain and establish a formal association (for syntax checking and VLAN type verifications).

Step 2:

Configure host ports and bind them to the respective isolated PVLANs. Note that a host port belongs to different VLANs at the same time: downstream primary and upstream secondary.

! Isolated port (uses isoalated VLAN to talk to P-port)
interface FastEthernet x/y
switchport mode private-vlan host
switchport private-vlan host-association 100 101

! Community ports: use community VLAN
interface range FastEthernet x/y - z
switchport mode private-vlan host
switchport private-vlan host-association 100 102

Step 3:

Create a promiscuous port, and configure downstream mapping. Here we add secondary VLANs for which traffic is received by this P-port. Primary VLAN is used to send traffic downstream to all C/I ports as per their associations.

! Router port
interface FastEthernet x/y
switchport mode private-vlan promisc
switchport private-vlan mapping 100 add 101,102

if you need to configure an SVI on the switch, you should add an interface correspoding to Primary VLAN only. Obviously that's because of all secondary VLANs being simply "subordiantes" of primary. In our case the config would look like this:

interface Vlan 100
ip address

Lastly, there is another feature, worths to be mentioned, called protected port or Private VLAN edge. The feature is pretty basic and avaiable even on low-end Cisco switches, allows to isolate ports in the same VLAN. Specifically, all ports in a VLAN, marked as protected are prohibited from sending frames to each other (but still allowed to send frames to other (non-protected) ports within the same VLAN). Usually, ports configurated as protected, are also configured not to receive unknown unicast (frame with destination MAC address not in switch's MAC table) and multicast frames flooding for added security.


interface range FastEthernet 0/1 - 2
switchport mode access
switchport protected
switchport block unicast
switchport block multicast

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