One of the differences between unicast and multicast IP addresses, is that unicast IP addresses represent a single network device while multicast IP addresses represent a group of receives. IANA has reserved the class D range to use for multicast. The first 4 bits in the first octet are 1110 in binary which means that we have the 18.104.22.168 through 22.214.171.124 range for IP multicast addresses.
Some of the addresses are reserved however and we can’t use them for our own applications.
The 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52 range has been reserved by IANA to use for network protocols. All multicast IP packets in this range are not forwarded by routers between subnets. Let me give you an overview of reserved link-local multicast addresses, I’m sure you recognize some of the protocols: