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  1. This is killing me. I have a task to convert to a mac-address. I am just not getting it right now.

    01:00:5e:ef: is as far as I get…how to I convert the 100 (binary for 192 is 11000000 so I eliminate the first 1) to hex? 01:00:5e:ef:?0:00:01 is where I am at.

  2. Hi James,

    I understand that these calculations make your head spin…they are kinda annoying :slight_smile:

    Here’s how to figure out what MAC address your IP address maps to:

    1. We convert your IP address to binary:

    binary: 11101111 11000000 00000000 00000001

    1. We only care about the last 23 bits of your IP address so I removed the first 9 bits, that gives us:

    1000000 00000000 00000001

    1. Now we need to convert these 23 bits into hexadecimal. You need to take 4 binary bits and convert them to hexadecimal:

    binary: 100 0000 0000 0000 0000 0001
    hex: 4 0

    ... Continue reading in our forum

  3. Hi Rene,

    Excellent creation as usual . Please confirm my understanding is correct which is grabbed from this lesson. Please let me know if I am wrong :slight_smile:

    General format of MAC address is MM:MM:MM:SS:SS:SS.The leftmost 6 digits (24 bits : MM:MM:MM ) called a “prefix” is associated with the adapter manufacturer.
    The rightmost digits (24 bits : SS:SS:SS) of a MAC address represent an identification number for the specific device with the same vendor prefix.

    But here in this multicast we use the leftmost 3 octets are (24 bits : MM:MM:MM) always 01-00-5E and the right

    ... Continue reading in our forum

  4. In terms of Layer 2 multicast addresses, it seems there are some exceptions to the 0100.5e.X prefix rule?

    0100.0ccc.cccd is for PVST and is considered multicast
    0180.c200.0000 is for regular spanning tree and considered multicast

    I suppose these will never map to Layer 3 addresses so that’s probably why they appear random.

  5. Hello Chris

    You are correct that these layer two addresses are indeed multicast addresses. However, these function for exclusively layer two protocols such as PVST, STP, CDP, VTP, UDLD and others. This means that there is no corresponding multicast IP address to map them to. Multicast IP addresses are only mapped using the stated rule.

    I hope this has been helpful!


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