IGMP Explained & Basic Configuration on Nexus

What is IGMP:

IGMP is an IPv4 protocol that a host uses to request multicast data for a particular group. Using the information obtained through IGMP, the software maintains a list of multicast group or channel memberships on a per-interface basis. The systems that receive these IGMP packets send multicast data that they receive for requested groups or channels out the network segment of the known receivers.

By default, the IGMP process is running. You cannot enable IGMP manually on an interface. IGMP is automatically enabled when you perform one of the following configuration tasks on an interface:

  • Enable PIM
  • Statically bind a local multicast group
  • Enable link-local group reports

IGMP Versions:

The device supports IGMPv2 and IGMPv3, and IGMPv1 report reception.

By default, the software enables IGMPv2 when it starts the IGMP process. You can enable IGMPv3 on interfaces where you want its capabilities.

IGMPv3 includes the following key changes from IGMPv2:

  • Support for Source-Specific Multicast (SSM), which builds shortest path trees from each receiver to the source, through the following features:
    • Host messages that can specify both the group and the source.
    • The multicast state that is maintained for groups and sources, not just for groups as in IGMPv2.
  • Hosts no longer perform report suppression, which means that hosts always send IGMP membership reports when an IGMP query message is received.

IGMP Basics:

This figure shows the basic IGMP process of a router that discovers multicast hosts. Hosts 1, 2, and 3 send unsolicited IGMP membership report messages to initiate receiving multicast data for a group or channel.

Figure. IGMPv1 and IGMPv2 Query-Response Process

In the figure below, router A, which is the IGMP designated querier on the subnet, sends query messages to the all-hosts multicast group at periodically to discover whether any hosts want to receive multicast data. You can configure the group membership timeout value that the router uses to determine that no members of a group or source exist on the subnet.

The software elects a router as the IGMP querier on a subnet if it has the lowest IP address. As long as a router continues to receive query messages from a router with a lower IP address, it resets a timer that is based on its querier timeout value. If the querier timer of a router expires, it becomes the designated querier. If that router later receives a host query message from a router with a lower IP address, it drops its role as the designated querier and sets its querier timer again.

In this figure, host 1’s membership report is suppressed, and host 2 sends its membership report for group first. Host 1 receives the report from host 2. Because only one membership report per group needs to be sent to the router, other hosts suppress their reports to reduce network traffic. Each host waits for a random time interval to avoid sending reports at the same time. You can configure the query maximum response time parameter to control the interval in which hosts randomize their responses.

IGMPv1 and IGMPv2 membership report suppression occur only on hosts that are connected to the same port.

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IGMPv3 hosts do not perform IGMP membership report suppression:

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Default IGMP Parameters:

IGMP version2
Startup query interval30 seconds
Startup query count2
Robustness value2
Querier timeout255 seconds
Query timeout255 seconds
Query max response time10 seconds
Query interval125 seconds
Last member query response interval1 second
Last member query count2
Group membership timeout260 seconds
Report link local multicast groupsDisabled
Enforce router alertDisabled
Immediate leaveDisabled

IGMP Configuration on NX-OS:

Switch(config)# interface e1/10
Switch(config-if)# ip igmp version versionCode language: PHP (php)

To verify the interfaces that are activated for IGMP, which version of IGMP is used, and the number of groups that the receivers have joined on that interface, use the show ip igmp interface brief command.

Related article: IGMP Snooping


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