Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
The term VLAN stands for Virtual Local Area Networks that operate on the network’s Open Systems Interconnection Model Layer. VLANs, by themselves, do not have an IP address, but are rather assigned to other networks. Via this protocol, however, the devices on the network are assigned an IP address, so that they can be networked. As compared to conventional networks, VLANs require much more networking since each access layer switch needs to have its own network.