Beeline Home Internet has started providing IPTV through its LAN. The
description of the service is given here.
Since this was my first experience with multicasting I had no clue about what
to do, where to get the traffic from and how I can forward it to my LAN.
It turned out to be pretty easy, unfortunately requiring kernel .config
adjusting even in the latest OpenWRT trunk. Please note, I am using brcm-2.4
--- trunk/target/linux/brcm-2.4/config-default (revision 16833)
+++ trunk/target/linux/brcm-2.4/config-default (working copy)
@@ -373,3 +373,24 @@
# CONFIG_WDTPCI is not set
# CONFIG_WINBOND_840 is not set
# CONFIG_YAM is not set
PIMSM* options are not necessary but I included them to be on a safe side.
Then we need to build the firmware with or add igmpproxy to the already
After this configure igmpproxy in /etc/igmpproxy.conf:
phyint eth0.1 upstream ratelimit 0 threshold 1
phyint br-lan downstream ratelimit 0 threshold 1
phyint ppp0 disabled
phyint lo disabled
You can read about my network setup here.
The IP address for altnet is required to allow the packets from these networks
to be routed. The LAN address is 10.0.0.0/8 and IPTV is being broadcasted from
192.168.0.1 in my case. That's why such entry is required. You can also find
out the source address by running tcpdump. After your host joins the group
(igmpproxy should be already running) you will see a large number of packets
going to some multicast address (say 18.104.22.168).
You can start igmpproxy so that it does not go to background, with -d switch.
Having found the source ip, you need to add it to your firewall. For one-time
include, do this directly:
iptables -A forwarding_wan -s $source_ip -d 22.214.171.124/4 -j ACCEPT
For long-term solution, add this to /etc/config/firewall:
option src wan
option proto udp
option src_ip 192.168.0.1
option dest lan
option dest_ip 126.96.36.199/4
option target ACCEPT
You should be ready to start receiving multicasts now from 192.168.0.1. Start
VLC and point it to the IP address, say 188.8.131.52 and you should get a
You will also need to add additional firewall rule so that the stream will not
stop suddenly. This happens because your ISP gateway (10.22.234.1 in my case)
sends subscription queries to your router. These queries will be blocked by
default. In order to prevent this, check your gateway IP and add the following
option 'src' 'wan'
option 'proto' 'igmp'
option 'src_ip' '10.22.234.1'
option 'target' 'ACCEPT'
My network setup had one major drawback. My wlan and ethernet are bridged
together so I get two networks connected. It was done to share the address
space without any additional tricks for firewall and routing. Now this means
that even if I start receiving the IPTV signal via the wire, the WiFi network
is flooded as well rendering our laptops completely unusable because of the
WiFi cards being extremely busy receiving the packets. The router is sending
packets fine, though.
This can be made to work properly by creating new vlan out of existing
configuration, creating corresponding vlan interfaces, firewall zones and
adjusting igmpproxy accordingly. In case you want to get info on how to make
this, feel free to comment and I will describe my current setup completely.
Finally, if the client runs Linux, tcpdumps shows that UDP data is flowing but
the client does not want to cooperate, check what is the value of the following
If it is set to 1 (true) the packets will be filtered by the kernel as their
source interface will not match the expected one (see RFC1812, item 5.3.8).
This can be fixed the following way:
Feel free to comment the post if you need any additional information.