John D. Lauer (
Mon, 10 Jul 1995 11:57:28 -0400

Take a look at the MBone web pages if you can. They describe what the MBone
(Multicast Backbone) is and then you should understand more about multicast.

I don't know exactly what you want to do but multicast sends one stream of
data to all recipients instead of one stream to each participant like the
reflector does. But multicast has to be supported in the IP stack and the
program you're using needs to support multicast. So far only unix machines
and Windows NT support it. There are a couple of stacks for win 3.1 like
OnNet that support multicast. But then you need to use a program like VAT,
not cuseeme.

At 03:37 PM 7/9/95 -0700, traino wrote:
>What do you mean by multicast alternatives? Thanks for responding to my
>last question :)
>On Fri, 7 Jul 1995, John D. Lauer wrote:
>> If you are sending out an 80 kbps video/audio stream to 10 lurkers, you need
>> 80 x 10 = 800 kbps of bandwidth. Remember, a reflector to a cu-seeme client
>> is unicast, meaning it must send the data to each person in a separate
>> packet. You might want to look into multicast alternatives where you send
>> the stream once to all clients.
>> At 09:26 AM 7/7/95 -0700, traino wrote:
>> >
>> >Can a reflector be run at 128Kbps if I am broadcasting one video feed to
>> >say 10 lurkers who are "not" sending video? I have been told I cannot -
>> >is this true? And if so, what is the "minimum" connection speed I could
>> >get away with?
>> >
>> >