Welcome to the IEEE 802.1 Working Group

Our Mission

The IEEE 802.1 Working Group is chartered to concern itself with and develop standards and recommended practices in the following areas: 802 LAN/MAN architecture, internetworking among 802 LANs, MANs and other wide area networks, 802 Security, 802 overall network management, and protocol layers above the MAC & LLC layers.

Active Projects

An introduction to 802.1 prepared by Janos Farkas gives some good tutorial information on 802.1 technologies and working methods.

A list of active ballots is available. Voting members must respond to two out of the last three active ballots to retain their membership.

An unofficial web-based tally of 802.1 ballots is available.

The IEEE 802.1 Working Group divides its work into the following Task Groups (the list of current projects is provided on each TG page and in the menu on the left):

Archived projects can be found here.

The following are no longer active:

Online Standards

Additional Information 

  • When submitting or uploading contributions to the public and private document repositories, please follow the 802.1 file naming conventions! That page also leads to the file upload form.
  • 802 approved PARs.
  • 802 Architecture Group email archives.
  • 802 Architecture Group files.
  • 802.1 documents.
  • 802.1 email archives.
  • 802.1 interpretations.
  • 802.1 maintenance.
  • 802.1 patent policy and the current IEEE-SA record of standards-related patents.
  • 802.1 session minutes.
  • IEEE Standards Style Manual.
  • Information on using the 802.1 email reflector, including subscribing and unsubscribing.
  • Next 802 plenary session notice.
  • Next 802.1 interim session notice.
  • Old linksec email archives and technical presentations.
  • Search public 802.1 documents.
  • Sign up to join the Standards Association ballot pool to vote on sponsor ballots of 802 draft standards.
  • Subscribe to the 802.1 mailing list to receive ballot announcements.
  • IEEE Standards runs a Get IEEE802 program that allows anyone to download the standards for free, 6 months after publication. The Portfolio of available documents is available.
  • Project naming: 802.1 projects are identified using project names such as 802.1Q, 802.1ad, and 802.1Qat. Following the “802.1” are one, two, three or even four letters. Upper case letters identify (standalone) standards, and lower-case letters identify amendments (previously called supplements) to existing standards. There should never be two projects differing only in the case of these letters! The three- and four-letter forms have been introduced to better identify amendments. In this scheme, the first one or two letters (always uppercase) identify the standard being amended, and the last two (always lowercase) identify the project amending this standard. The notation 802.1Q-REV is used to identify a revision of an existing standard: these are more extensive changes to the existing text than can be undertaken in an amendment. (Previously, revisions also had their own project names.)

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