Automatic QoS control in UPnP home networks

Jukka-Pekka Laulajainen, Matti Hirvonen

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UPnP Forum specifies a framework for Quality of Service (QoS) in its UPnP QoS architecture. The framework enables automatic configuration of priority based QoS to network devices according to local policies. The downside of the framework is that it relies on a control point, which acts as an initiator for UPnP QoS operations. In practice this means, that each application should explicitly support UPnP QoS to be able to use the services provided by the framework. In this paper, we propose a supplemental component for the architecture which enables the use of UPnP QoS without any support from the applications using the network. The network traffic is listened by a bystanding component which uses statistical methods for classifying the network traffic flows and acts as a control point for the UPnP QoS framework. Our results show that even very simple behavior-based methods can be used for traffic classification with a fairly good precision. In our experiment, the automatic UPnP QoS control point was able to perform the classification with an overall accuracy of 92% based only on the packet sizes of the four first packets of each flow. We assume that the accuracy can be further improved using additional mechanisms after the initial fast classification.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2009
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4672-8, 978-1-4244-4671-1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2009 - Sousse, Tunisia
Duration: 5 Jul 20098 Jul 2009


ConferenceIEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2009
Abbreviated titleISCC 2009


  • Traffic recognition
  • QoS management


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