A basic understanding of the principles of Internet Protocol (IP) networking will make our discussions of video transport much easier to understand and to put into context. Video can be tricky to send over an IP network, and it is not at all unusual for an IP network to require special grooming or reconfiguration in order to handle video traffic. In this chapter, along with an overview of IP, we will discuss some technologies that can make the job of setting up a video network more complicated. In addition, we will look at Ethernet technology, which is the most commonly used network technology for IP transport.

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