IP multicast - Computer Definition
A one-to-many transmission of data over an IP network. It is used for myriad purposes including updating routers, announcing and discovering services and streaming media. IP multicast saves network bandwidth, because packets are transmitted as one stream over the backbone and only split apart to the target stations by the router at the end of the path. See mDNS and multicast. Multicast Address Range IP multicast packets are identified by using a destination address in a range from 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52. The addresses within the range are reserved for specific purposes. For example, 184.108.40.206 means all nodes on the subnet, while 220.127.116.11 means all routers on the subnet. The address 18.104.22.168 is reserved for multicast DNS (mDNS), which is used to query devices for their capabilities. For the complete list, visit www.iana.org/assignments/multicast-addresses. See DVMRP, MOSPF and PIM.