I need help in trying to understand what is, and is not possible, when using multicast IP addresses.
The application in this case is streaming DTT over a network segment, while allowing PCs connected to other network segments access to the streams. This thread should give detailshttp://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,87268.0.html
My set up is one main router through which PCs both access the internet and also share directories with each other.
I have available another router and an 8 port switch to add into the mix, if I can find the best means of doing what I want.
The problem is that if the streaming PC is connected to the main router, then it effectively brings that LAN segment to a stuttering halt, due to the amount of data hitting the router.
What I have in mind is that another router connected to the main router through a LAN port, might be used to separate the streaming PC from the main router thus allowing everything to work as it does presently.
Only when a PC on the main router connects to a stream would the traffic on the main router increase as that channel is streamed across it.
All very well in theory.
I do not seem to be able to implement it unfortunately!
I cannot seem to succeed in getting a PC on the main router to connect to a stream on the sub router ..... the multicast IP does not seem to be available!
So my questions revolve around ........ is what I am attempting possible?
Are there specific options in the multicast streams that are necessary if this is possible?
If this is possible, and I have the streaming options correct then I will look to hardware ...... it is possible that the router/s are not capable of handling multicast correctly.
Hopefully I have explained what I am attempting, sufficiently to allow someone to advise.
If any further info is required ..... please ask.
Thanks for reading.