Uninformed: Informative Information for the Uninformed

Vol 2» 2005.Sept

PVLANs and virtual BSSIDs

PVLANs are called Personal Bridged VLANs because the VLAN is created dynamically for the client. The client essentially owns the VLAN since he controls its creation and its lifetime. In the most common scenario there would only be a single client per PVLAN.

An access point that implements the PAP concept intentionally re-directs associating clients to their own dynamically generated BSSID (Virtual BSSID or VBSSID).

In the example below the AP is broadcasting a public BSSID of 00:11:22:33:44:55 and is redirecting the client to his own VBSSID 00:22:22:22:22:22.