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multicast problems and IPTV

Hi all,

We are running into a problem with channel changes on and IPTV network. Each channel is a mulicast address.

I have two 6509 switches, each running 12.2(18)SXF3

Switch 1 (S1) has the multicast source located on it.

Switch 2 (S2) has our customers. For my testing of the issue, my Set top boxes are directly connected to Switch 2. This takes everything else out of the picture as far as a customer connects.

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S1

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S2

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Receiver (STB)

We are using IP Pim dense mode.

There is a routing between S1 and S2...

The problem we can duplicate is when the prune timer (00:02:55 in the below example) hits 00:00:00 and a join is requested at the same time, the group is not joined and the STB goes channel unavailable. We lose the (172.17.15.101, 224.1.3.121), route for a while. It takes a while for this to come back.

(172.17.15.101, 224.1.3.121), 00:52:10/00:02:55, flags: T

Incoming interface: GigabitEthernet2/8, RPF nbr 10.157.1.17, RPF-MFD

Outgoing interface list:

Vlan5, Forward/Dense, 00:44:57/00:00:00, H

This only occurs if no one else has joined that group (ie. no one is watching the channel). Is anyone else is on the channel, the timer never makes it down to 00:00:00.

So on the customer end, they are making channel changes and happen to hit the channel at the timer has hit 00:00:00 and the channel is unavailable..

Any ideas? I hope I explained it good enough.

Thanks

Don Hickey

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Re: multicast problems and IPTV

Is PIM configured on redundant paths? If yes, remove them

Community Member

Re: multicast problems and IPTV

Try adding ip igmp static group 224.13.121 on vlan 5 on s2. Let me know if this resolves your issues.

Community Member

Re: multicast problems and IPTV

Ya,

I had tried that, and yes it did fix it, however I have over 150 channels (multicast Ip's). That would not have been a good solution.

Changing to Sparse-dense mode resolved all my issues and it is running much better now.

Thanks

Don

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