IGMP Version 2

Hi Zaman,

Enabling ip pim sparse-mode on the interface will do the job but there is a “risk” that you form PIM neighbor adjacencies.

If the interface connects to end users, it is better to use the ip pim passive command. This will still process IGMP packets but it won’t send or receive PIM packets from other routers (and thus not form neighbor adjacencies with other routers).

When you use the passive command, your router automatically becomes the DR for the segment so you have to be 100% sure there are no other PIM routers on that segment, or you will have duplicate PIM messages that are sent upstream.

hi mr Rene!!!
my internet or in the company which i work when i open the page the place of video or diagram gives an error message message and does not display what should i do case there will be lots of good points in the video but other contents is working good some time it brings the vidoe

Hi @mozamel-ccie,

Which error message do you see? Any chance you can share a screenshot?

I have bit confusion about IGMP V1 and V2 , as we know that V1 and V2 has different ways of query and membership so what how it works in Dense and sparse mode , if we use Spare-mode with IGMP V1 so what would be the tree shape ?? . RP is there due to spare-mode but with IGMP V1, so even in the presence of RP still the there would be flooding and pruning due to IGMP V1 , this is the point of confusion for me .


Hi @shehreyar_khan,

Something to keep in mind is that IGMP and PIM are two separate protocols, they don’t really interact. IGMP is used on the “host” side so that a router can figure out which devices are interested in what multicast groups.

On the “router” side, we use PIM to get multicast traffic flowing from one router to another. The periodic queries that the router sends because of IGMP version 1 are meant for the hosts and don’t have anything to do with PIM :slight_smile:

The only exception to this is IGMP version 3, it is required for SSM (Source Specific Multicast) because only IGMP version 3 is able to request a certain source.

Hi Amit,
By reading this post I understand that, if multiple hosts are there in a single multicast segment (such as swiched LAN) then all host don’t need to convey membership report to the router. Only one host can send it based on the lower MRT. It greatly scales the entire mechanism and router can avoid extra overheads. Now the question is that, if only one host can send membership report to the router then how does router send multicast traffic to other hosts those who are still alive? My understanding is that, as router is receiving membership report form one host so router knows it should send multicast traffic on specific interface. And whenever the traffic reaches on switch, then switch will forward it to all the host in that group because switch is also running IGMP Snooping.
If I am wrong and something is different there please be kind enough to assist me.


Hi Rene,

Why the membership report sends to - multicast addresses and the leave membership sends to (all routers) ?? I need to know when the IGMP use group specific address and when use all router multicast address and why ??

Hi Hussein,

Membership reports are sent to the specific multicast group address:


Membership leave group messages are sent to the (all routers) address:


RFC 2236 explains why:

Leave Group messages are addressed to the all-routers group because other group members have no need to know that a host has left the group, but it does no harm to address the message to the group.


Thank you very much sir that was very helpful for me

Hi Rene,

Can you give a tutorial on IGMP Fast-Leave and IPTV?


Hello Siji

Thanks for the suggestion for a lesson topic. I suggest you add it to the Lesson Ideas page here and have other Networklessons users view and vote for it to be one of the next lessons Rene creates.

I hope this has been helpful!


dear Agapides
have anice day,

kindly, in igmp v1 since we dont have Querier election process ,so who elect router to be in active Querier , if we have two routers connected on same lan segment & depend one which criteria ?
wait your nice feedback
god safe you

Hello Saif

In IGMPv1, there is no election process for the active querier. However, if there are two IGMPv1 routers on the same subnet, then it is the Designated Router (DR) that will also perform the role of the querier. The designated router is elected exactly for the purpose of avoiding the duplication of multicast traffic for connected hosts.

More information about this can be found here:

I hope this has been helpful!


thanks & highly appreciated , yes very helpful…

dear Agapides
kindly, just one question , mean hosts will recieved two copy of multicat traffic in IGMPV1 ?

or assert process prevent that

Hello Saif

My previous post was not clear and had some erroneous information. I have since revised it to correct it. You can take a look at it here where your question is also answered:

I hope this has been helpful!



In my setup I have a router R1 with an interface configured with Pim sparse mode. It is sending the IGMP v2 query. I have a LAN segment attached to this interface. There are two hosts H1 and H2. H1 joined and H2 joined Couple of questions

  1. When H2 sends membership report to H1 is also receiving it. Likewise when H1 sends membership report H2 is receiving it. Ideally only the router R1 should be receiving it. Not sure why H1 and H2 are seeing each other’s reports.
  2. When I ping from R1 which H2 is listening, I can see the ICMP ping requests are sent to H1 as well. Ideally the packet should be sent only to H2. Why is H1 receiving the ICMP destined to ?


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Hello Krishna

If H1 has successfully registered to and H2 to, then membership reports sent by each device should not be visible to the other device. The same goes for pings. Check to see if both H1 and H2 have registered to both groups and verify that this is not the case before testing again.

I hope this has been helpful!


Hi Rene/lagapides,
I have found the same that Krishna found . Ensure H1 is registered on & H2 is registered on and the two group found in Multicast Routing table in R1 .
My questions …

  1. How Switch segregated group Traffic & group Traffic ?
  2. when Router send traffic for Group The L3 Dst. IP will be & Dst. MAC will be 01-00-5E-01-01-01 . So, How Switch Segregate that traffic will send to H1 only.
  3. Again when Router send traffic for Group The L3 Dst. IP will be & Dst. MAC will be 01-00-5E-01-01-02 . So, How Switch Segregate that traffic will send to H2 only.
    So, H1 & H2 will not see each other group traffic .Thanks


Hello Mohammad

The mechanism by which a switch will verify that multicast traffic is forwarded only to the ports where multicast group members exist is called IGMP Snooping. This can be configured on L2 switches, and you can find out more about it at this lesson:

I hope this has been helpful!