I’ve been a bit lazy lately with setting up my home lab, mostly because I wanted to do everything in order. I had already gotten vSphere on all 4 of my servers, but I needed to setup my switch to communicate with the outside word. I was having a bit of difficultly since I wanted to have VLANs for this setup and I only have a L2 switch. And an FYI, I am by no means a networking person, take my experience with a grain of salt.

The most fundamental thing that resolved my issue was the free firmware provided by DD-WRT for the WRT54GL’s and various other models, this was the only firmware I found that had VLAN and VLAN tagging.

Cisco switch configuration:

All of the ports on VLAN 1 are currently unused.

Cisco#show vlan

VLAN Name                             Status    Ports
---- -------------------------------- --------- -------------------------------
1    default                          active    Fa0/13, Fa0/14, Fa0/15, Fa0/16
                                                Fa0/17, Fa0/18, Fa0/19, Fa0/20
                                                Fa0/21, Fa0/22
2    Network                          active    Fa0/2, Fa0/3, Fa0/5, Fa0/6
                                                Fa0/8, Fa0/9, Fa0/11, Fa0/12
3    Storage                          active
4    Management                       active    Fa0/1, Fa0/4, Fa0/7, Fa0/10

Here is how I ended up setting my VLANs up.

Cisco#show ip int brief

Interface                  IP-Address      OK? Method Status                Protocol
Vlan1                  YES manual up                    up
Vlan2                    YES manual administratively down down
Vlan3                    YES manual administratively down down
Vlan4                  YES manual administratively down down

FA0/24 is connected to my router and I configured it as a trunk using these commands:

Cisco#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Cisco(config)#int fa0/24
Cisco(config-if)#switchport mode trunk
Cisco(config-if)#switchport trunk native vlan 1
Cisco(config-if)#switchport trunk allowed vlan 1-4
00:23:46: %SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from console by console

Now lets take a look at the finished product.

Cisco#show int trunk

Port        Mode         Encapsulation  Status        Native vlan
Fa0/24      on           802.1q         trunking      1

Port      Vlans allowed on trunk
Fa0/24      1-4

Port        Vlans allowed and active in management domain
Fa0/24      1-4

Port        Vlans in spanning tree forwarding state and not pruned
Fa0/24      1-4

Everything looks fine now, we must now configure my router to mirror the setup.

DD-WRT configuration:

First we will configure Port 4, which is connected to FA0/24 to use VLAN tagging.. From the Setup tab, go to VLANs and click on Tagged at the bottom, then select the VLANs you need.

Now click on the Networking tab and fill the VLANs out the same way you had them configured on the switch.

After this, the setup should work.  I tested with my laptop connected to FA0/23 on VLAN2 with a static address of and the Gateway of and I could reach outside of the switch perfectly.