Probe and Pray: Using UPnP for Home Network Measurements

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Executive Summary

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, the authors explore the usability of UPnP as a means to measure and characterize home networks. They use data from 120,000 homes, collected with the HomeNet Profiler and Netalyzr troubleshooting suites.

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