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Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Hello,

I am trying to configure a Cisco 3750 to act as a "transparent multicast bridge". i.e. I don't want to enable pim on its interfaces and no igmp packets will go trough the interfaces as well.

I only want that multicast packets coming to the interface f1/0/1 are automatically sent to f1/0/2 and f1/0/3.

I hope I made myself clear :)

Thanks a lot.

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Super Bronze

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Somehow I knew you were going to say that. ;)

The "normal" solution is to do multicast routing. Is there a particular reason why this is unacceptable?

No "easy" solution comes to my mind for what you're asking beyond it should be possible to physically link subnets (i.e. connect one VLAN port with another) and use ACLs to only permit multicast packets to flow across the link. (NB: w/o ACLs, you have something similar to what's described next.) One concern with this approach, switch would see same MAC on different ports.

Another (better/safer vs. the physical link) approach would be to combine VLANs that need to share the multicast traffic, but continue to use your subnets. I.e. instead of the usual one subnet per VLAN, multiple subnets per VLAN. You would still route unicast between subnets on the same VLAN.

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BTW, just saw Giuseppe's and your response posts. Now you're describing WANs and encryption, when you asked about multicast across 3750 ports. You might want to post all the details of what your network looks like, what you're trying to accomplish, and what you see as issues.

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Super Bronze

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

If IGMP snooping is disabled, at L2 (same VLAN), received multicast packets should be forwarded to other ports (like broadcast).

New Member

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

IGMP snooping is disabled, but my switch is configured to do the IP routing and the physical ports are not in the same vlan.

thanks !

Hall of Fame Super Silver

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Hello Jacques,

between different IP subnets/vlan you need to enable multicast routing and PIM on the interfaces.

It is still a routing action.

Hope to help

Giuseppe

New Member

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Hello Giuseppe,

Yes, I feared you would answer that. but it is useless to activate PIM on my WAN interface because the switch wouldn't be able to communicate in PIM with the other routers because there is a encryption unit between them... That's why I need the switch to act as a "simple" L2 switch and forward the multicast stream...

Hall of Fame Super Silver

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Hello Jacques,

>> because there is a encryption unit between them

It is between so they encrypt and decrypt all packets there shouldn't be no specific issue for PIM rather then other traffic types.

Hope to help

Giuseppe

Super Bronze

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Somehow I knew you were going to say that. ;)

The "normal" solution is to do multicast routing. Is there a particular reason why this is unacceptable?

No "easy" solution comes to my mind for what you're asking beyond it should be possible to physically link subnets (i.e. connect one VLAN port with another) and use ACLs to only permit multicast packets to flow across the link. (NB: w/o ACLs, you have something similar to what's described next.) One concern with this approach, switch would see same MAC on different ports.

Another (better/safer vs. the physical link) approach would be to combine VLANs that need to share the multicast traffic, but continue to use your subnets. I.e. instead of the usual one subnet per VLAN, multiple subnets per VLAN. You would still route unicast between subnets on the same VLAN.

[edit]

BTW, just saw Giuseppe's and your response posts. Now you're describing WANs and encryption, when you asked about multicast across 3750 ports. You might want to post all the details of what your network looks like, what you're trying to accomplish, and what you see as issues.

New Member

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

Ok, I will try your second approach and will come back to you.

Thanks!

New Member

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

I works!

many thanks !!

Super Bronze

Re: Multicast transparent forwarding on 3750 L3 Swicth

I'm glad it did, and thanks for letting me know.

However, do keep in mind when you do this you increase multicast/broadcast traffic to all hosts (mulitcast if no IGMP snooping) on the shared segment and you decrease possible security when hosts share a common segment but are using different subnets.

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