An ACL is a list of one or more Access Control Entries (ACEs), where each ACE consists of a matching criteria and an action (permit or deny). A static ACL applies only to the switch in which it is configured. ACLs operate on assigned interfaces, and offer these traffic filtering options:
  • IPv4 traffic inbound on a port.

  • IPv4 traffic inbound on a VLAN.

  • Routed IPv4 traffic entering or leaving the switch on a VLAN. (Note that ACLs do not screen traffic at the internal point where traffic moves between VLANs or subnets within the switch. See ACL applications.

The following table lists the range of interface options:


ACL Application

Application Point

Filter Action


Static Port ACL (switch configured)

inbound on the switch

inbound IPv4 traffic



entering the switch on the VLAN

inbound IPv4 traffic


After you assign an IPv4 ACL to an interface, the default action on the interface is to implicitly deny IPv4 traffic that is not specifically permitted by the ACL. (This applies only in the direction of traffic flow filtered by the ACL.)