I have a network topology I'm trying to set up with some TP-LINK switches with 802.1Q VLAN support.

A technical detail is that I have two of these switches with an aggregate of two gigabit links set up as a trunk for 802.1Q to bind the two together.

I currently have two VLANS: a DMZ and the LAN. My intention is to have one gateway between the modem and the DMZ and another gateway between the DMZ and the LAN. The latter is shown on this diagram:

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I have an AirPort Extreme for the second gateway. However, when both its LAN and WAN are connected to the same physical switch (though on different VLANS), it intermittently responds to pings (I.e. About 25% of the pings return). If I unplug either of the wires, it responds 100% (on the appropriate interface, of course).

If I put another gateway (some cheap Netgear thing) at the point labeled A in the diagram, suddenly it works exactly as expected.

So, why does the AirPort Extreme behave so strangely?

Yes, everything is set up correctly. Also, I have tried both with an AirPort Extreme and an AirPort Extreme and both with IPv6 set to Native and set to Local Link Only with no changes in behavior.

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I have the same issue. After putting wireshark on the switch it is clear regardless of the VLAN config the management IP is being arped on all ports. that means the apple extreme is seeing the same arp on both its lan and wan port. It basically puges seeing that,cannot handle it and you have your issue. putting the router in between prevents the one arp hitting the apple.

  • Which management IP? The switch's? I wonder if that's what VLAN 1 is: the ports allowed to see the management IP.
    – iAdjunct
    Jan 3, 2017 at 18:15

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