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Multicast addresses

For IPv4, addresses in the range to are reserved for multicasting. In the classful addressing system, this is registered as class D. In the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) addressing model, the prefix of this group is

Within the IPv4 multicast range, address assignments are specified in RFC 5771, IANA Guidelines for IPv4 Multicast Address Assignments. Multicast address assignments lists a summary of these assignments. Note that, of these addresses, the network address is guaranteed not to be assigned to any group.

Table 1. Multicast address assignments

Link Local Scope All systems on this subnet All routers on this subnet PIM routers address group

Global Scope to Allocated for multicast traffic across the Internet. SSM reserves the range The addresses and are used for Auto-RP negotiation. You can assign the remaining IP addresses to your ISM applications.

Administrative Scope (AS) for organizations that own an AS number to multicast across the Internet. The AS number of the organization is embedded in the second and third octets of the multicast IP address. For example, AS64501 is 0xFBF5, with FB and F5 (or 251 and 245 in decimal) representing the second and third octets of the IP address, respectively. The resulting subnet is globally reserved for AS64201 to use. These addresses are called GLOP addresses.

For IPv6, multicast addressing is specified in RFC 3513, IP Version 6 Addressing Architecture. In essence, IPv6 multicast addresses are derived from the FF00::/8 prefix.