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Configuration Guide - IP Multicast

CloudEngine 8800, 7800, 6800, and 5800 V200R005C10

This document describes the configurations of IP multicast, including IP multicast basics, IGMP, MLD, PIM (IPv4), PIM (IPv6), MSDP, multicast VPN, multicast route management (IPv4), multicast route management (IPv6), IGMP snooping, MLD snooping, static multicast MAC address, multicast VLAN, multicast network management.
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Licensing Requirements and Limitations for Multicast VLAN Replication

Licensing Requirements and Limitations for Multicast VLAN Replication

Involved Network Elements

An IPv4 multicast network may have the following network elements:
  • Multicast source: sends multicast data to receiver hosts. A video server is an example of a multicast source.
  • Device running IPv4 Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM): uses the IPv4 PIM protocol to generate multicast routing entries and forwards multicast data based on multicast routing entries. On an IPv4 multicast network, all Layer 3 devices must run IPv4 PIM; otherwise, multicast forwarding paths cannot be established.
  • Device running the Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP): forwards multicast data from one PIM network to another. MSDP is mainly used on large-scale networks. If multicast data needs to be transmitted between two autonomous systems (ASs), the devices at the border of the two ASs must run the MSDP protocol.
  • IGMP querier: exchanges IGMP messages with receiver hosts to create and maintain group memberships. On a multicast network, Layer 3 devices connected to network segments of receivers must run the IGMP protocol or be configured with static IGMP groups. Otherwise, upstream PIM devices cannot know which multicast groups users want to join, and therefore cannot establish multicast forwarding paths.
  • Device running IGMP snooping: listens to IGMP messages exchanged between upstream Layer 3 multicast devices and receiver hosts to create and maintain Layer 2 multicast forwarding entries, which are used for accurate multicast data forwarding on a Layer 2 network. To prevent broadcasting of multicast packets on a Layer 2 network and conserve network bandwidth, configure IGMP snooping on Layer 2 devices.
  • Receiver: receives multicast data. A receiver can be a PC, a set top box, or any device with a multicast client installed.
  • Multicast source: sends multicast data to receiver hosts. A video server is an example of a multicast source.
  • Device running IPv4 Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM): uses the IPv4 PIM protocol to generate multicast routing entries and forwards multicast data based on multicast routing entries. On an IPv4 multicast network, all Layer 3 devices must run IPv4 PIM; otherwise, multicast forwarding paths cannot be established.
  • Device running the Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP): forwards multicast data from one PIM network to another. MSDP is mainly used on large-scale networks. If multicast data needs to be transmitted between two autonomous systems (ASs), the devices at the border of the two ASs must run the MSDP protocol.
  • IGMP querier: exchanges IGMP messages with receiver hosts to create and maintain group memberships. On a multicast network, Layer 3 devices connected to network segments of receivers must run the IGMP protocol or be configured with static IGMP groups. Otherwise, upstream PIM devices cannot know which multicast groups users want to join, and therefore cannot establish multicast forwarding paths.
  • Device running IGMP snooping: listens to IGMP messages exchanged between upstream Layer 3 multicast devices and receiver hosts to create and maintain Layer 2 multicast forwarding entries, which are used for accurate multicast data forwarding on a Layer 2 network. To prevent broadcasting of multicast packets on a Layer 2 network and conserve network bandwidth, configure IGMP snooping on Layer 2 devices.
  • Receiver: receives multicast data. A receiver can be a PC, a set top box, or any device with a multicast client installed.

Licensing Requirements

Multicast VLAN replication is a basic feature of a switch and is not under license control.

Version Requirements

Table 12-2 Products and minimum versions supporting multicast VLAN replication

Product

Minimum Version Required

CE5810EI

V100R002C00

CE5850EI

V100R002C00

CE5850HI

V100R003C00

CE5855EI

V100R005C10

CE5880EI

V200R005C10

CE6810EI

V100R003C00

CE6850EI

V100R002C00

CE6850-48S6Q-HI

V100R005C00

CE6850-48T6Q-HI/CE6850U-HI/CE6851HI

V100R005C10

CE6855HI

V200R001C00

CE6856HI

V200R002C50

CE6857EI

V200R005C10

CE6860EI

V200R002C50

CE6865EI

V200R005C00

CE6870-24S6CQ-EI/CE6870-48S6CQ-EI

V200R001C00

CE6870-48T6CQ-EI

V200R002C50

CE6875EI

V200R003C00

CE6880EI

V200R002C50

CE7850EI

V100R003C00

CE7855EI

V200R001C00

CE8850-32CQ-EI

V200R002C50

CE8850-64CQ-EI

V200R005C00

CE8860EI

V100R006C00

CE8861EI/CE8868EI

V200R005C10

Feature Limitations

  • Because multicast VLAN replication is a Layer 2 multicast feature, all the multicast VLAN replication configurations on interfaces mentioned in this chapter are performed on Layer 2 physical interfaces, including Eth-Trunk interfaces.

  • A proper time to live (TTL) value needs to be set for multicast data packets sent from a multicast source. This ensures that the TTL value is larger than 1 when the device receives the packets from the multicast VLAN. Otherwise, the multicast data packets may fail to be forwarded to user VLANs.

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Updated: 2019-04-20

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