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Mapping an IP Multicast Address

Windows CE .NET

IP multicast addresses are mapped to a reserved set of Media Access Control multicast addresses and assigned from within the Class D address range from 224.0.0.0 through 239.255.255.255. A single IP address within the reserved range identifies each multicast group. Each multicast group IP address is shared by all host members of the group. The host members listen and receive any IP messages sent to the group IP address.

The following table shows a partial list of Class D addresses reserved for IP multicasting and registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

Multicast group IP multicast address Description
Base address 224.0.0.0 Reserved
All hosts 224.0.0.1 Contains all systems on the same physical network
All routers 224.0.0.2 Contains all routers on the same physical network
Network Time Protocol 224.0.1.1 Distributes time-clock data used to synchronize time on a group of computers
RIP version 2 224.0.0.9 Distributes routing data between a group of routers that use a version 2 raster image processor (RIP)
WINS server 224.0.1.24 Supports autodiscovery and dynamic configuring of replication for WINS servers

See Also

Creating an IP Multicast Application


 Last updated on Saturday, April 10, 2004

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