[Bridge] [PATCH net-next] bridge: multicast to unicast

M. Braun michael-dev at fami-braun.de
Sat Jan 7 10:32:57 UTC 2017

Am 06.01.2017 um 14:54 schrieb Johannes Berg:
>> The bridge layer can use IGMP snooping to ensure that the multicast
>> stream is only transmitted to clients that are actually a member of
>> the group. Can the mac80211 feature do the same?
> No, it'll convert the packet for all clients that are behind that
> netdev. But that's an argument for dropping the mac80211 feature, which
> hasn't been merged upstream yet, no?

But there is multicast/broadcast traffic like e.g. ARP and some IP
multicast groups that are not covered by IGMP snooping. The mac80211
patch converts this to unicast as well, which the bridge cannot do.

That way, these features both complement and overlap each other.


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