[Bloat] [Bulk] Re: Motivating commercial entities? tell the sales manager (fwd)

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at swm.pp.se
Tue Mar 10 03:03:47 EDT 2015

On Mon, 9 Mar 2015, David Lang wrote:

> On Mon, 9 Mar 2015, Mikael Abrahamsson wrote:
>> They need to make sure multicast works much better than it does today. IPv6 
>> relies on it.
> why does IPv6 rely on multicast?

Because that's how it was designed back in the 90ties, as an evolution to 
how IPv4 was designed in the 70-ties and 80-ties. On a wired LAN, this is 
extremely efficient.

> multicast is never going to work that well on a busy wireless network, 
> especially one that's encrypted with a different key to each station.

That depends on how you do the multicast. Some enterprise solutions will 
treat multicast as unicast and send the multicast packets as wifi-unicast 
to each station subscribed to that group. That's one way of working around 
the problem.

> If this is a fundamental requirement of IPv6, I see it more likely that 
> it will mean the avoidance of IPv6 on wireless networks rather than an 
> avoidance of wireless networks in order to use IPv6

IPv4 relies on broadcast and that has the same problem. However, IPv6 has 
more multicast than IPv4 has broadcast which makes the problem worse.

IEEE/wifi alliance are trying to replace wired networks, that means they 
need to make sure things work as well in Wifi as it does in wired 
networks. They're not doing a great job with this.


People are working in the IETF to try to see what can be done. What does 
IEEE do?

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at swm.pp.se

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