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Recommended Configuration for Trunk Link to Non-Meraki Switches

The default configuration on most enterprise switches will work out-of-box as vendors tend to use a default switch port config of "trunk all, with native vlan 1". It is important to note that if connecting a Meraki MS switch to another vendor's switch, the other end of the link must be identically configured. If this is not the case, the link may not operate as expected due to VLAN or Native VLAN mismatch. Common misconfigurations include:

  • switchport mode
  • trunk encapsulation type (must be dot1q)
  • native VLAN mismatch
  • allowed VLAN mismatch


In the following scenario, we have a Cisco Meraki access switch uplinked to an other (non-Meraki) switch. The network administrator has configured the Cisco Meraki uplink port as trunk mode, native VLAN 1, allowed VLANs 1,10,20,30, and the non-Meraki switch to the left as its default configuration of trunk mode, native VLAN 1, allowed VLANs 1. 


In this example, the PC user will not be able to reach the server on the left-hand side as the traffic being sent by the Meraki switch with a VLAN ID of 20 will not be accepted by its peer since it has not been configured to allow such traffic.


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Cisco Meraki switch configuration example (assuming connection is on port 13)

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Recommended Configurations

The following configuration examples outline how a non-Meraki peer switch's trunk link should be configured, to best operate with the example above.

Cisco Catalyst

Assuming connection is on port 1:

interface GigabitEthernet1/0/1
 switchport mode trunk
 switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q
 switchport trunk native vlan 1
 switchport trunk allowed vlan 1,10,20,30

Dell PowerConnect

Note: Dell PowerConnect switches have LLDP disabled and Transparency enabled by default. In order to make use of the topology feature in Dashboard, LLDP must be enabled and Transparency must be disabled. As the topology updates are not real-time, a delay should be expected.


Assuming connection is on port 1:

  interface ethernet 1/g1
    switchport mode general
    switchport general allowed vlan add 10,20,30 tagged 

HP ProCurve

Assuming connection is on port 1:

switch1(config)# vlan 1
switch1(config)# vlan 10
switch1(config)# vlan 20
switch1(config)# vlan 30
switch1(vlan-1)# untagged 1
switch1(vlan-10)# tagged 1
switch1(vlan-20)# tagged 1
switch1(vlan-30)# tagged 1

Other Devices

Since Cisco Meraki VLAN tagging operates on the 802.1q tagging standard, any standard-compliant switch can be configured to operate in tandem with an MS switch. The best practice/examples outlined above should be used as a reference. For vendor-specific recommendations, refer to your switch vendor's documentation for 802.1q tagging and trunking.