IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) are both technologies that allow users to access content over a network, but they differ in how they deliver data. This article will discuss the key differences between these two methods of delivering media so you can decide which one is right for you.
The acronym IPTV stands for “Internet Protocol Television” and it refers to an Internet-based system of broadcasting television programming over a data network using Internet protocols such as Lanmark Transport Protocol (LTP).
The video stream is sent in coded format from one point on the Data Network to another which allows users to watch TV programs without using cable or satellite services. It also provides more features than traditional broadcasting systems such as interactive menus, closed captioning options, etc.
A Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) is an Ethernet-based LAN segmentation technology developed by Cisco Systems. A VLAN enables networking devices within multiple physical broadcast domains or networks to be logically connected under a single logical LAN segment known as a ‘virtual local area network’ or VLAN.
This can provide extra security since different subnets with their associated traffic are isolated from each other by placing them into separate virtual layers managed through software rather than individual hardware components which could require very expensive upgrades when additional capacity was needed.
Both IPTV and VLAN use a networked environment, meaning that multiple computers can interact through the same ISPs at once. Additionally, each technology requires some kind of gateway device such as an Ethernet switch so users can access content shared over the Internet.
Overview of IPTV:
What is IPTV? It stands for Internet Protocol Television and it uses an internet connection as a means to stream digital video content on-demand using protocols developed by ITU-T H.222 or MPEG2 Transport Streams into your home network environment.
With IPTV, users have access to various services such as Video On Demand which allows you to watch movies whenever they choose with high-quality visuals over conventional cable TV signals due to improved processing time within their private networks at home with user consent.
Overview of VLAN
What is VLAN? Simply put its defined computer networks are separated based on specific geographic regions, cultures, or individual preferences while allowing designated transmissions across alternate routes to make communications more efficient when used properly.
Among the benefits of VLANs is their simplicity in management, the restriction of broadcast domains, the reduction of network traffic, and the implementation of security standards. End-stations that are physically scattered across a network can be logically grouped thanks to VLANs.
Although there are similarities between the two technologies, IPTV and VLAN differ in many important ways; primarily relating to how content is delivered via streaming over an existing internet protocol infrastructure versus building out discrete geographical areas for organizations requiring advanced segmentation capabilities.
So, you now understand what a VLAN configuration is and what the difference is if you encounter one in your IPTV app or IPTV device.