There are several benefits of using multicasting technology. One benefit is that multicasting optimizes network performance. Another benefit of multicasting is that the technology is directed towards distributed applications such as distance learning.
Multicasting can be done on a hub but a hub does not need it always. Configuring a router or switch to use multicasting requires that the router or switch be IGMP capable.
The terms Unicasting and Multicasting are used in computer networks. By Unicasting we mean that the communication is a One-to-One communication,ie. one computer interacts with just one other computer. by multicasting we mean that it is a One-to-Many communication.ie the computer interacts with more than one computer on the network.
Logging on to a host over the Internet
Kevin Savetz has written: 'MBONE, multicasting tomorrow's Internet' -- subject- s -: Interactive multimedia, Multicasting - Computer networks -, Internet 'Internet Top Ten Lists'
Multicast is a computer networking process. In multicasting, a message is sent to several machines at the same time through a single transmission from the source. It is mostly used in IP multicasting.
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Making the move to digital TV can give viewers access to additional local TV channels. Multicasting is the technology that allows a single station to provide as many as six separate programming streams simultaneously, free and over the air.
David G. Petitt has written: 'Solutions for reliable multicasting'