Live IP Essentials


Self-Paced Learning. This course is an asynchronous course delivered on the EBU Academy Learning Platform. This allows trainees to organize their learning at their own pace. Trainees who cover all the material and pass the quizzes receive a certificate.

It teaches the basics of IP technology from the perspective of a Media industry professional. It covers the different layers that compose an IP network, explaining how one builds on top of each other, allowing applications to communicate.

The learning focuses on the aspects that are specific to media and which put the most stress on the production infrastructure.

The course is the foundation for the EBU Academy e-Master Class on Preparing your move to Live IP production:


Who it is for

  • Broadcast media engineers & technicians who need to acquire an understanding of IP Networks in the context of the transition of their broadcaster’s production infrastructure to full IP.

Course Objectives

  • Develop your understanding of innovative production technologies & workflows.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills about IP networks and multicasting to prepare for the transition to a full IP production architecture.

Skills Learned

  • Live IP
  • Innovation


  • 18 hours of online course delivered through EBU Academy Learning Platform. Please note that, on average, trainees spend between 25 - 40 hours to complete the course.
  • Modules combine slides, videos and quizzes.
  • The course is asynchronous allowing trainees to organize their learning at their own pace.

Programme Outline


Module 1 – Introduction – History & evolution

  • Telecommunication
  • Data Communication
  • The Internet

Module 2 – Concepts

  • Topologies
  • Multiplexing
  • The OSI model – 7 layers
  • The TCP/IP model – 5 layers
  • Standards


Module 3: Layer 1- the physical layer

  • Transmission Medium
  • Connectors and ports
  • Principles and devices

Module 4: Layer 2 - the data link layer

  • The Data Link Layer and the sublayers, Ethernet
  • MAC Address and devices
  • MAC Address Table
  • Types of Switches
  • Collision and Broadcast Domains
  • Virtual Local Area Networks
  • Redundancy -STP
  • Redundancy – LACP, Attacks on Switches

Module 5: Layer 3 - the Network layer

  • The IP Packet
  • IP addresses
  • DHCP, ARP and a Little More on The IP Addresses
  • NAT and Planning Your IP Address Space
  • Router, Routing Principles, Routing Protocols
  • Routing Protocols
  • Multilayer Switch and Some Layer 3 Protocols
  • Labs

Module 6: Multicast

  • Multicast – The basics
  • Multicast – Layer 2
  • Multicast – Layer 3

Module 7: Layer 4 - the transport layer

  • Intro
  • User Datagram Protocol
  • Transmission Control Protocol
  • QUIC

Module 8: Layer 5 – the application support layers

  • TLS
  • DNS
  • mDNS & DNS-SD
  • NTP
  • PTP
  • HTTP

Module 9 – Live IP Lab

  • Wireshark


Trainees who complete the course and pass the quizzes receive an EBU Academy certificate of achievement.