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Question: Extend L2 network across L3 tunnels with only a L3 switch

I currently have a large campus with multiple networks tunneling over a single inner campus transport network. Currently, these networks are using DOT1Q tunneling to connect to one another and the VLANs for each "client" network extend to every building on the campus. I'd to encrypt the traffic of the client networks before it gets to the transport network with IPSEC, but still maintain these campus wide VLANs.

 

Is there a way to do this with only one L3 switch in each building? I know Q-in-Q would likely be a good solution, but, as I understand it, I'd have to get an additional device for each building and don't want to suffer that expense. Also heard MACsec might be a good solution, but know little about it and am not sure if our current switches support it.

 

I'd essentially like to turn the in-side of the tunnel interface into a trunk port.  Diagram below is the concept.

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Re: Question: Extend L2 network across L3 tunnels with only a L3 switch

Hello,

 

I am not clear on what you currently have configured. Dot1q tunneling and Q-in-Q are the same thing. That said, if all the equipment is under your control, why do you employ any sort of tunneling and/or IPSec at all, why not simply use trunks ?

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Re: Question: Extend L2 network across L3 tunnels with only a L3 switch

Policy mainly. All traffic across the transport network needs to be encrypted. Part of it is to keep an unmanaged internet access network separated from the corporate client network. Same with the security camera network, another network running over the transport. Don't want someone to get into a camera port and some how manage to gain access to the client network or see the traffic on it. That and transport network is owned and managed by a different entity than the client networks, I just work on both.

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Re: Question: Extend L2 network across L3 tunnels with only a L3 switch

If I am understanding your post correctly I believe that macsec would be the better solution to provide encryption. But of course it depends on whether your current switches support this feature. The other solutions that I can think of which supply encryption of traffic operate at layer 3 and would not support the layer 2 vlans spread across the entire campus.

 

HTH

 

Rick

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