Traffic types

  • Unicast – individual packets are send to every requesting address, so the number of clients is fixed to the bandwidth the streaming applications needs
  • Broadcast – traffic is send to one broadcast address and then forwarded to the entire broadcast domain, you can ping for example a broadcast address and see, that all hosts receive this ping. But broadcast are limitted to layer 3 boarders
  • Multicast – sending a packet to a predefined multicast address, receiving hosts, can register for receiving streams in groups

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