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I'm looking for a USB Ethernet adapter with VLAN support. It has to work on Windows 7 Enterprise, and allow me to select which VLAN to connect to. Apparently I'm not able to find one on Amazon or other online stores. Does such an adapter even exist?

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Under Linux you can make almost any ethernet adapter do VLAN tagging using vconfig – Flexo Jun 1 '11 at 9:17
I have to be able to select to which VLAN I want to connect using Windows 7 Enterprise. – soucy Jun 1 '11 at 12:43
@nhinkle - please reconsider the hold here. I do not believe the concern is applicable. This was a valid question in 2011, and it remains so now. This isn't a question of choice between many available products - it's a question of trying to find at least one product that meets a given requirement that one should reasonably expect to exist on the market. – ziesemer Oct 30 '14 at 13:15

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I just ordered and received a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter NIC with USB Port (

It is based on the ASIX AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet Controller.

The listed features include:

  • Full Gigabit bandwidth support through a USB 3.0 host connection
  • Conserve available USB 3.0 ports with USB pass-through
  • Take the adapter anywhere with a portable, USB-powered design
  • Gigabit Ethernet port through a USB 3.0 / 2.0 connection
  • Integrated USB 3.0 pass-through port
  • Crossover Detection & Auto-Correction (Auto MDIX)
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging support
  • IEEE 802.3, 802.3u and 802.3ab (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T) compatible
  • Jumbo Frame support
  • Supports Checksum Offload (IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP) and Large Send Offload

As mentioned, it supports VLAN tagging. This is what the related properties of the installed driver ( / 2014-01-24) look like under Windows 8.1:

ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Properties

ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Properties

HOWEVER: What is missing (at least for me) is any sort of trunking support / virtual miniport driver - such as the additional capabilities provided by the full driver installs of the Intel Advanced Networking Suite (iANS) or Broadcom Advanced Server Program (BASP) .

The difference is, I could configure the switch port to provide access to multiple VLANs, and configure this adapter to choose which VLAN to be a part of - from the client device, not the switch. Or I could add another unmanaged switch with access to the multiple VLANs, then use multiple of these or similar adapters - configuring each one to be on a different VLAN (something like this - yikes!). With proper trunking support, however - everything could be done with one switch port, one wire, and one adapter - very convenient.

As @Flexo noted, I'm sure that the full 802.1q support would be available under Linux with the standard kernel drivers - but Windows doesn't provide these services itself, and depends upon a vendor-provided driver package (e.g. iANS or BASP) to provide them instead. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any USB Ethernet adapter that provides such a driver package - nor have I seen Intel or Broadcom creating any USB Ethernet adapters of their own that would compare to their internal components.

I have the full capabilities on an aging (Dell Latitude E6500) laptop, compliments of the Intel chipset (82567LM) and driver. I would be very anxious to find a current replacement for this functionality as well - especially for usage with devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. (The Ethernet controller provided on the Surface Pro 3 docking station is no better than the ASIX AX88179 - I checked. It is also internally connected off of the USB, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.)

While I hope this answers your question (as written - "allow me to select which VLAN to connect to"), I am still holding out hope that there is still a better solution out there. It just seems like what I / we are looking for here is a bugger to search by - as even "802.1q" and "VLAN" aren't even good enough search terms. (We not only need "tagging", but "trunking".) I plan to offer a bounty here in this regard.

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  1. Buy any of the listed Intel NIC or any NIC with corresponding chipset:

    • Intel 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82541EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82541GI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82543GC Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82544 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82544EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82544GC Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82545GM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82546GB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82547EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82547GI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 8254x Ethernet Controllers
    • Intel 82550 Fast Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82552V Fast Ethernet PHY
    • Intel 82558 32-bit PCI Bus LAN Controller
    • Intel 82559 Fast Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82559ER Fast Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82562 Fast Ethernet Controllers
    • Intel 82562ET Fast Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82562EX Fast Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82562EZ Fast Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82563 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • Intel 82564 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • Intel 82566 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • Intel 82567 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 8256x Ethernet Controllers
    • Intel 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82573E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82573V Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82574 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82575EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82576 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82577 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • Intel 82578 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • Intel 82579 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82580EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel 82583V Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Intel Ethernet Controller I350
    • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I340-F4
    • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I340-T4
    • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F2
    • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F4
    • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
    • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
    • Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 S Management Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 S Server Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection
    • Intel PRO/100 VM Network Connection
    • Intel PRO/100+ Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100+ Management Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100+ Server Adapter
    • Intel PRO/1000 CT Network Connection
    • Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter
    • Intel PRO/1000 PM Network Connection
    • Intel PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter
    • Intel PRO/100B Adapter
  2. Install latest driver and tools from Intel, namely "Proset" something, remember to install ANS as well. Ref:

  3. Done. Configure in Device Manager > VLAN tab

NOTE: AS-IS with no guarantee

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Sorry - I think you missed the part about requiring a USB adapter. – ziesemer Oct 30 '14 at 13:07

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