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

Felix Fietkau nbd at nbd.name
Wed Jan 11 11:30:36 UTC 2017

On 2017-01-11 12:26, IgorMitsyanko wrote:
> On 01/11/2017 12:27 AM, Felix Fietkau wrote:
>> On 2017-01-10 11:56, Johannes Berg wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2017-01-10 at 05:18 +0100, Linus Lüssing wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Jan 09, 2017 at 01:30:32PM -0800, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
>>>>> I wonder if MAC80211 should be doing IGMP snooping and not bridge
>>>>> in this environment.
>>>> In the long term, yes. For now, not quite sure.
>>> There's no "for now" in the kernel. Code added now will have to be
>>> maintained essentially forever.
>> I'm not sure that putting the IGMP snooping code in mac80211 is a good
>> idea, that would be quite a bit of code duplication.
>> This implementation works, it's very simple, and it's quite flexible for
>> a number of use cases.
>> Is there any remaining objection to merging this in principle (aside
>> from potential issues with the code)?
>> - Felix
> Hi Felix, can we consider two examples configurations with multicast 
> traffic:
> 1. AP is a source of multicast traffic itself, no bridge on AP. For 
> example, wireless video server streaming to several clients.
> In this situation, we can not make use of possible advantages given by 
> mc-to-uc conversion?
You could simply put the AP interface in a bridge, no need to have any
other bridge members present.

> 2. A configuration with AP + STA + 3 client devices behind STA.
>                              ----|client 1|
>                              |
> |  mc  |----|AP|----|STA|---|---|client 2|
> |server|                    |
>                              ----|client 3|
> Multicast server behind AP streams MC video traffic. All 3 clients 
> behind the STA have joined the multicast group.
> I'm not sure if this case will be handled correctly with mc-to-uc 
> conversion in bridge on AP?
What do you mean by "3 client devices behind STA"? Are you using a
4-addr STA, multicast routing, or some kind of vendor specific "client
bridge" hackery?

- Felix

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