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IP Multicast - Digital Video

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4 Days

Participants in the Digital Video course should have one year or more experience in the Information Technology field with video concepts, desktop applications, and networking or Service Provider technologies. It is recommended that participants have configuration experience with Cisco routers and switches in addition to a working knowledge of IP routing concepts.

This advanced networking course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to describe and understand the concepts associated with Digital Video and MPEG encoding. Participants will also be provided with the knowledge and skills to configure, monitor and troubleshoot a multicast enabled IPv4 network. This course is designed to transfer technical expertise IPv4 multicast technology and its applications, including video delivery. The course includes discussions on multicast addressing, functions of a multicast enabled network, the protocols required for multicast operation including IGMP and PIM, RP configuration, and multicast deployment models and design.

Course materials consist of an IP Multicast - Digital Video Delivery student manual. The course will utilize Dynamips to for the hands on multicasting lab exercises.

This course is designed for all individuals who interact with a multicast network, from the helpdesk to the network operator to the designing engineer. It will provide benefit to any individual who wishes to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and skills to prepare for a career in digital video transport or IP networking. The course presents advanced networking topics and therefore is best suited for IT professionals with some background knowledge of video concepts, application software, networking, and IP routing.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the functions of IP routing
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of Digital Video delivery
  • Understand the concepts of Digital Video Networks
  • Describe the history, function and concepts of MPEG
  • Understand the IP multicast operational model 
  • Describe the requirements of a multicast enabled application
  • Understand the requirements of a multicast enabled network
  • Understand multicast addressing
  • Understand the function and operation of the IGMP protocol
  • Understand the function and operation of the PIM protocol in a Sparse Mode network
  • Understand the requirements of the Rendezvous Point (RP)
  • Describe the operational model of PIM Source Specific Multicast
  • Describe the operational model of PIM Bidirectional 
  • Configure, monitor and troubleshoot an multicast enabled network
Day 1
Module 1: Internetworking Overview (1.5 hours)

  • Identify and understand the seven layers of the OSI model
  • Describe the requirements of modern networks
  • Network communication models
  • Ethernet Fundamentals
  • Describe the purpose and function of common network devices
  • Understand common network terminology
  • Switching vs. Routing
  • TCP/IP Fundamentals
  • Networking Protocols
  • Explain data flow across a network using the OSI model
  • Binary to Decimal and Hexadecimal Conversion
Module 2: Digital Video Overview (2.0 hours)
  • Introduction to Digital Video
    • Evolution of Digital Video
    • Differences between Analogue and Digital Video
  • Digitization
  • Digital Conversion
    • Data, Image, and Lossy Compression
    • Frame rate/Spatial & Color Resolution/Image Quality
    • Filtering and Sampling
    • Digitization and Reconstruction
  • Performance Requirements
  • Switched Digital Video
    • HDTV
    • Architecture
    • Pros/Cons
  • Digital Video Networks
  • Building the next generation Digital Video Network
Module 3: MPEG Overview (2.0 hours)
  • What is MPEG
  • Differences between MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and H.264
  • Video Compression
  • Video Encoding Techniques
  • Transport Streams & Packet Types
  • Program Clock Reference (PCR) Measurements
  • Error Analysis
Module 4: IPTV Architectures (2.0 hours)
  • The Cisco End to End IPTV Architecture
    • Define the Video Experience
    • Preserve the Video Experience
    • Realize the Video Experience
Day 2
Lab 1: Initial network configuration and verification (1.0 hours)
Lab 2: Digital Video Wireshark Analysis (1.0 hours)

Module 4 Lesson 1: General Multicast Technology (1.5 hours)
  • Differentiate between network communication models
  • Understand the requirement for multicasting
  • Understand the benefits of multicasting
  • IP Multicast Addressing
    • Reserved Addressing
    • Private Addressing
    • Special Use Addressing
  • Identify the requirements of the multicast application
  • Understand the different application models of operation
Lab 3: Multicast Applications (1.0 hour)

Module 4 Lesson 2: Multicast Network Concepts (2.25 hours)
  • Recognize the parts of a multicast enabled network
  • Understand the function of each part of a multicast enabled network
  • Multicast Distribution Trees
    • Source Trees
    • Shared Trees
    • Bidirectional Shared Trees
  • Multicast Protocols
    • Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
    • Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
  • Multicast implementation models 
    • Any Source Multicast (ASM)
    • Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
    • Bidirectional Multicast
  • Reverse Path Forwarding (RPF) Check
  • IP Time to Live (TTL)
  • Multicast packet forwarding
  • Configuring basic multicast
Day 3
Lab 4: Configuring Basic Multicast (1.75 hours)

Module 5: Multicast Layer 2 Operation (1.0 hour)
  • IGMP protocol evolution
  • Understand the operation of IGMP version 2
  • Configure IGMP version 2
  • Verify IGMP version 2 operation
  • Multicast Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 2 Multicast Issues
  • Understand the need for IGMP Snooping
  • Static MAC Administration
  • IGMP Snooping
Lab 5: Verifying IGMP (1.0 hour)

Module 6: PIM Sparse Mode (2.5 hours)
  • Understand the operation of PIM Sparse Mode protocol
    • Shared Trees
    • Source Trees
    • Rendezvous points
    • Optional parameters
  • Configure PIM Sparse Mode
    • Configure PIM Sparse Mode
    • Configure the Rendezvous Point (RP) using static configuration
    • Verify the operation of the Sparse Mode network
Lab 6: PIM Sparse Mode Implementation (1.5 hours)

Day 4
Module 7: Configuring Rendezvous Points (1.5 hours)

  • Understand the operation of Cisco Auto-RP
  • Configure the Rendezvous Point using Cisco Auto-RP
  • Understand the operation of PIM Bootstrap Router
  • Configure the Rendezvous Point using PIM Bootstrap Router
  • Understand the operation of Anycast RP
  • Configure the Rendezvous Point using Anycast RP
Lab 7: Configure the Rendezvous Point using Cisco Auto-RP (0.5 hours)
Lab 8: Configure the Rendezvous Point using PIM Bootstrap Router (0.5 hours)
Lab 9: Configure the Rendezvous Point using Anycast RP (0.5 hours)

Module 8: Multicast Troubleshooting (1.0 hour)
  • Understand the basics of troubleshooting multicasting
  • Multicast Troubleshooting commands and tools
Lab 10: Multicast Troubleshooting Exercises (2.0 hours)
  • Multicast troubleshooting commands and tools
  • Multicast troubleshooting
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