Your best source for powering up your network with IP multicast applications Videoconferencing, video broadcasting, collaborative applications, push technologies . . . these and other new-wave networking applications are changing the way business is done. And it's your job to make sure that your company's network is equipped to handle them. This comprehensive guide gets you quickly up to speed on all technical aspects of IP multicasting-the key to delivering high-performance multimedia applications. In IP Multicasting, author Dave Kosiur clearly describes the differences between unicasting and multicasting, how multicasting works, and how it can be used to deliver the new generation of business applications. He explains the protocols and systems associated with multicasting, tells you how to prepare your network for multicasting, and what to look for when buying and upgrading network infrastructure equipment and software to ensure optimal performance. He also arms you with: * Proven implementation strategies* Everything you need to know about routing for IP multicasting* All about RTP, RTCP, RTSP, and other transport protocols* Expert guidance on integrated network services and QoS* Critical reviews of the latest multicasting software and applications. IP Multicasting is your best source for the technical know-how you need to provide your users with the sophisticated networking capabilities they demand. Visit our website at www.wiley.com/compbooks/ Visit this book's companion website at www.wiley.com/compbooks/kosiur This text describes what IP multicasting is, why it's important, how it works, and what to look for when purchasing and upgrading network infrastructure equipment and software to ensure that the new crop of multicast-aware software will run optimally over networks. The book shows how multicasting can be important for delivering business applications like video-conferencing, groupware, multimedia, push technologies to networks both large and small - public and private. Topics included are: how networks and multicasting relate; multicasting basics; network routing concepts for multicasting; implementation strategies and issues; networks and quality of service; and an applications, products, and resources guide.