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Probe and Pray: Using UPnP for Home Network Measurements


Network measurement practitioners increasingly focus their interest on understanding and debugging home networks. The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology holds promise as a highly efficient way to collect and leverage measurement data and configuration settings available from UPnP-enabled devices found in home networks. Unfortunately, UPnP proves less available and reliable than one would hope. In this paper, we explore the usability of UPnP as a means to measure and characterize home networks. We use data from 120,000 homes, collected with the HomeNet Profiler and Netalyzr troubleshooting suites. Our results show that in the majority of homes we could not collect any UPnP data at all, and when we could, the results were frequently in accurate or simply wrong. Whenever UPnP-supplied data proved accurate, however, we demonstrate that UPnP provides an array of useful measure ment techniques for inferring home network traffic and losses, for identifying home gateway models with configuration or implementation is sues, and for obtaining ground truth on access link capacity.
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hal-00835395 , version 1 (18-06-2013)



Lucas Di Cioccio, Renata Teixeira, Martin May, Christian Kreibich. Probe and Pray: Using UPnP for Home Network Measurements. Passive and Active Measurement, Mar 2012, Vienna, Austria. pp.96-105, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-28537-0_10⟩. ⟨hal-00835395⟩
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