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Is multicast on the public internet possible? And if yes: How?

You cannot multicast on the public Internet, but you can multicast across the public Internet to another site by using a tunnel that supports multicast. Multicast routing is very different from ...
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Why isn't multicasting more popular?

Because multicast is one source to many receivers, and thus two way communications (and anything using TCP connections) won't work. That makes it unfit to use for teleconferencing, online ...
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Is multicast on the public internet possible? And if yes: How?

As an end-user, you cannot multicast across the Internet, unless using a tunnel. As a larger organization, like a video provider or an ISP, it is certainly possible to forward multicast packets ...
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Can I truly multicast over WIFI?

As I understand Wifi, it can never true multicast, as each device holds a '1:1" relationship with the AP, and then receives the same packet... then the next device connects and gets the same ...
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Why isn't multicasting more popular?

Multicast is one of those ideas that sounds nice in principle but doesn't really scale to a network like the internet. It requires routers to keep track of a bunch of extra state, has significant ...
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Can I truly multicast over WIFI?

Lets test this out then. If we send multicast packets to multiple devices connected to a WiFi access point at a constant rate, then the access point should report the same amount of traffic. To run ...
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Why we use 224 as multicast address in many protocols?

Outside of Karl's explanation, it's a holdover from the original class-based IP addressing scheme. As you know, the classes were as follows (based on the first octet): Class A (0xxxxxxx): [0-127].0.0....
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OSPF and its use of Multicast

The benefit of multicast is that hosts not subscribing to the multicast group ignore frames they receive that are sent to the multicast group. With broadcast, they cannot ignore the frames. The OSPF ...
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Why is MBGP needed?

MBGP or Multiprotocol BGP extensions The first BGP specification was published in 1989, well before IPv6 was created and only shortly after multicast was added to IPv4. Even BGP-4 doesn’t support IPv6,...
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Multicast between VLANs

VLANs logically break a switch into multiple, unconnected switches. There is no traffic between VLANs (layer-2), except through a router (layer-3). By default, routers do not route multicast packets. ...
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Can communication to broadcast 224.0.0.1 be made to reach hosts outside of the local subnet?

Can communication to broadcast 224.0.0.1 be made to reach hosts outside of the local subnet? First, that is a multicast group, not a broadcast address. Next, the multicast address is in the Local ...
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Layering unicast addressing over multicasts

First part of the question is whether there is a standard that prohibits use of IPv4 unicast addresses with multicast MAC address in an ethernet frame ? The problem here is that you are dealing ...
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Defining what type of casting based on IPv4 address

For IPv4, unicast addresses are in the 0.0.0.0 to 223.255.255.255 range*, multicast addresses are in 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255 address range. *Broadcast addresses are more complicated. There is ...
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What's so special about the multicast address range?

Basically, you need to draw a clear line between unicast, broadcast and multicast traffic because it needs to be treated (very) differently. The convention is to use a special address range. Another ...
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Why is MBGP needed?

One of the most important thing for Multicast protocol is RPF (Reverse Path Forwarding) - this is the feature which would check and make sure that for a coming multicast packet (sent by a multicast ...
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Private Public and Special IP addressing

No. IPv4 addresses in the range 224.0.0.0/4 are not regular addresses; they are multicast addresses. Multicast is normally confined to a single LAN. Multicast routing must be enabled on all the ...
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Multicast between VLANs

There is no inter-VLAN communication without a router. Multicasts are not usually routed - unless your router is specifically configured to do so.
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Network flooded with ICMPv6 Multicast Listener Report Packets

You wouldn't be looking for ARP entries with IPv6, since ARP doesn't exist with IPv6. You would be looking for IPv6 ICMP Neighbor Discovery cache. IPv6 MLD messages are used similarly to IPv4's IGMP ...
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How do hosts subscribe to multicast addresses?

An IP multicast router (usually that's a switch) announces available groups using membership queries. A host subscribes to some of these groups by sending a membership report. Unsubscribing works by ...
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Forward Avahi mDNS packets from one network to another

Zeroconf Networking RFC 6272, RFC 6273 has the fundamental design constraint of being "local subnet only". Zeroconf's multicast packets have a TTL of 255, and if you try forward these ...
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If a switch doesn't support multicast, are multicast packets simply flooded out all ports?

Multicast is a special case of broadcast. If a switch does not have any specific handling for multicast (eg. igmp snooping), multicast traffic is simply broadcast, and floods to all ports.
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What does 'moving packets away from the source' in RPF means?

RPF is one tool in your toolbox to help keep your network safe. RPF is used to verify that packets are coming from the direction of a reachable source. This helps to prevent malicious packets from ...
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What are real life examples of broadcast and multicast?

ARP as described above is an excellent example of Broadcast messaging but I see that there really weren't many clear examples of multicast. I know this is an ancient thread but thought I would add a ...
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How do you disable IGMP-snooping on virtual nic macvtap

This is actually a known issue and there are a couple of ways to fix it. The best one is actually to edit the XML definition for the libvirt network and add trustGuestRxFilters=yes to the ...
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Regarding Multicast over the internet

Why is multicast not supported over the internet ? There is only one multicast range. Sharing that range across the Internet would mandate an address allocation scheme akin to public unicast ...
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Which VPN Types/Protocols inherently support Multicast Traffic?

IKE is (in massively simplified terms/practically explained) just a way of establishing an IPSec VPN tunnel, and IPSec VPN tunnels don't inherently support multicast. You can put a GRE tunnel inside ...
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IGMP snooping across VLANs

Switches with multiple VLANs look like multiple switches, and they maintain separate tables for each VLAN. For example, a switch with two VLANs will have two MAC address tables, one for each VLAN. ...
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Multicast routing on Huawei Quidway 5300 Switches

It’s been a while since I used VLC, but when you set up the server end, check to make sure that the TTL of your stream isn’t set to 1 (which used to be the default), otherwise the stream will never ...
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OSPF and its use of Multicast

In terms of what happens to OSPF hello/discovery multicast packets, you're right. The switches send them to everyone on the subnet/VLAN/broadcast domain, as IGMP snooping isn't happening for 224.0.0.0/...
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