On Dominant Characteristics of Residential Broadband Internet Traffic

Date Added: Nov 2009
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While residential broadband internet access is popular in many parts of the world, only a few studies have examined the characteristics of such traffic. In this paper, the authors describe observations from monitoring the network activity for more than 20,000 residential DSL customers in an urban area. To ensure privacy, all data is immediately anonymized. They augment the anonymized packet traces with information about DSL-level sessions, IP (re-)assignments, and DSL link bandwidth. The analysis reveals a number of surprises in terms of the mental models they developed from the measurement literature.