IP Multicasting for Multimedia Distribution Networks

2 Day Course
Code PWL023

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This course provides an understanding of how IP multicasting works, its advantages and limitations and how it can be deployed to provide effective services over a 21st Century converged network. It will demonstrate examples of multimedia service configurations in the class-room and identify practical problems and their solution. It will provide a detailed understanding for implementers, designers, managers and infrastructure engineers that need to plan, implement and use the new generation of networks and services.

The next generation of telecommunications networks will deliver broadband data and multimedia services to users. Integration with TV, music and radio distribution will become a reality provided mechanisms to provide multicast delivery are implemented.  This technology allows a broadcasting station to send a single stream of packets into the network and have these delivered to the subscribing users.  It provides therefore a scalable solution to the problem of transmitting IP Television  and other services over next generation IP infrastructures

To make multicasting function effectively it is necessary to deploy routers and switches capable of supporting the appropriate protocols and to design and configure the network correctly. Core infrastructure, distribution nodes, access devices and client devices all must play their part in a working service.


When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic function of Multicast IP
  • Select the appropriate Sparse Mode or Dense Mode options for deployment
  • Compare the efficiency of routed and MPLS switched options for QoS networks
  • Implement appropriate addressing mechanisms for streams
  • Provide reliability by deploying the re-routing with Protocol Independent Multicast
  • Select programme streams using Internet Group Management Protocol
  • Engineer Traffic loading
  • Carry real time multicast services over Real Time Transport Protocol and Real Time Streaming Protocol


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Multicasting over IP: An Introduction (6 topics)

  • Application user over Internet Access
  • Increasing Demand for Multimedia applications
  • Traffic patters for data and Multimedia Services
  • TV and Music Distribution
  • Sizing Traffic Demands for Unicast Transmission Services
  • Converting Services to Multicast Transmission

Addressing and Identification For Multicast Streams (8 topics)

  • Internet Protocol Addressing Mechanisms
  • Allocating Network and Subnetwork Identities
  • Historic Address Classes A, B, C and D
  • Classless Addressing
  • Addressing for Multicast IP Streams
  • Carrying Multicast over Link Access
  • Ethernet and IEEE 802 Addressing
  • Multicasting over 802 Networks

Routing for Multicast Delivery (11 topics)

  • Registering for Multicast Streams
  • Defining the Roles of the Router, Client and Server
  • Internet Group Management Protocol
  • Routing Alternatives
  • Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol (DVMRP)
  • Multicast Open Shortest Path First (MOSPF)
  • Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM)
  • PIM Dense Mode
  • PIM Sparse Mode
  • Reverse Path Forwarding
  • Defining a Rendezvous Point

Practical Implementation Issues (6 topics)

  • Announcing Multicast Streams
  • Query of Streams Required
  • Bootstrap Router Considerations
  • IGMP Snooping
  • Automatic Rendezvous Point Allocation
  • Controlling the Scope of Multicast

Multicasting Multimedia over Datagram Services (10 topics)

  • Internet Protocol Data Transfer
  • TCP Operation
  • Recovering Errors and Lost Packets
  • Selective Retransmission
  • UDP Operation: Fire and Forget
  • Real-Time Transport Protocol
  • Sequencing and Timestamps
  • Encoding media Channels
  • Real Time Stream Protocol
  • MPEG encoding: Framing and clocking

Deploying QoS (9 topics)

  • Definition of QoS
  • Delay requirements for likely multicast media
  • Interactive vs Broadcast services
  • Mechanisms for Requesting QoS
  • Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
  • Integrated Services (IntServ) Parameters
  • Diffserve and Differentiated Services Code points
  • Weighted Fair Queuing
  • QoS over MPLS

Reliability Considerations for Multicast Services (8 topics)

  • Typical Stream Service Configurations
  • Potential Failure Modes and their effect
  • Overcoming Element Failures
  • Hot Standby Routing Protocol
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
  • Delivering Streamer Reliability
  • Duplicating Streamer Configuration
  • Switchover Mechanisms

Service Aspects (5 topics)

  • Conditional Access
  • Video on Demand Servers
  • Time-Slip services
  • Customer Service devices
  • Next Generation Media Centres


A solid understanding of IP and WAN technologies is required.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course. If you are unsure please ask a training advisor .

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