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802.1Q-2011  -  IEEE Standard for Local and metropolitan area networks--Media Access Control (MAC) Bridges and Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks

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This standard specifies how the MAC Service is supported by Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks, the principles of operation of those networks, and the operation of VLAN-aware Bridges, including management, protocols, and algorithms.

This standard specifies Media Access Control (MAC) Bridges that interconnect individual Local Area Networks (LANs), each supporting the IEEE 802 MAC service using a different or identical media accesscontrol method, to provide Bridged Local Area Networks and Virtual LANs (VLANs).
MAC Bridges, as specified by this standard, allow the compatible interconnection of information technology equipment attached to separate individual LANs.