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

Linus Lüssing linus.luessing at c0d3.blue
Mon Jan 9 21:23:45 UTC 2017

On Mon, Jan 09, 2017 at 12:44:19PM +0100, M. Braun wrote:
> Am 09.01.2017 um 09:08 schrieb Johannes Berg:
> > Does it make sense to implement the two in separate layers though?
> > 
> > Clearly, this part needs to be implemented in the bridge layer due to
> > the snooping knowledge, but the code is very similar to what mac80211
> > has now.
> Does the bridge always know about all stations connected?

The bridge does not always know about all stations, especially the
silent ones like in your DVB-T example.

However, concerning IP multicast, there is IGMP/MLD. So the bridge
does know about all stations which are interested in a specific IP
multicast stream.

(As long as there is a querier on the link, which periodically
queriers for IGMP/MLD reports from any listener. If there is no
querier then the bridge multicast snooping, including the bridge
multicast-to-unicast will fall back to flooding)

So if your television example uses IP multicast properly, it is
completely doable with the bridge multicast-to-unicast, thanks to

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