Organizing traffic with mixed wireless and wired clients

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If I have a mixture of wireless and wired clients connecting to the same devices across my network do I need to separate the traffic into vlans? Will this help network speed? Or is it not necessary?

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You should separate the traffic anyways so wireless clients are on a wireless user vlan and wired clients are on wired user vlan and servers and such should be on a dedicated server vlan. It should help with performance but it will help organizing your network for troubleshoot issues related to that vlan instead of a flat network.

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  • Labnuke99
    The way this will help with performance is reducing the broadcast domain. All stations have to process protocol broadcasts (if they have that protocol loaded). So, by segregating systems into VLANs, you create smaller broadcast domains for devices. Another thing you can do is to put encryption on specific VLANs so that traffic is encrypted and more secure than other VLANs that are unencrypted. As Aquacer0 says too, VLANs help with troubleshooting because you can more easily identify the source subnet(s) of devices that might be experiencing/causing issues.
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