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How To Monitor Multicast

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Executive Summary

Multicast is a special type of network traffic where packets are delivered to a group of destinations as a single transmission. Used for advanced network services such as multimedia distribution, finance, education, and desktop imaging just to name a few, multicasting is used primarily to improve the performance of your network by reducing the amount of bandwidth consumed by network traffic.

Routing multicast traffic is more complex than unicast since there may be a large number of receivers that want to receive the multicast transmission.

This whitepaper will discuss both manual and automated methodologies for monitoring and troubleshooting IP multicast related problems.

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