Control and Understanding: Owning Your Home Network

Mortier, R., Rodden, T., Lodge, T., McAuley, D., Rotsos, C., Moore, A.W., Koliousis, A. and Sventek, J. (2012) Control and Understanding: Owning Your Home Network. In: Comsnets 2012 - 4th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, Chancery Pavillion Hotel, Bangalore, India, 3-7 Jan 2012, ISBN 9781467302982 (doi: 10.1109/COMSNETS.2012.6151322)

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Wireless home networks are increasingly deployed i people’s homes worldwide. Unfortunately, home networks have evolved using protocols designed for backbone and enterprise networks, which are quite different in scale and character to home networks. We believe this evolution is at the heart of widely observed problems experienced by users managing and using their home networks. In this paper we investigate redesign of the home router to exploit the distinct social and physical characteristics of the home. We extract two key requirements from a range of ethnographic studies: users desire greater understanding of and control over their networks’ behaviour. We present our design for a home router that focuses on monitoring and controlling network traffic flows, and so provides a platform for building user interfaces that satisfy these two user requirements.We describe and evaluate our prototype which uses NOX and OpenFlow to provide per-flow control, and a custom DHCP implementation to enable traffic isolation and accurate measurement from the IP layer. It also provides finer-grained per-flow control through interception of wireless association and DNS resolution. We evaluate the impact of these modifications, and thus the applicability of flow-based network management in the home.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Koliousis, Mr Alexandros and Sventek, Professor Joseph
Authors: Mortier, R., Rodden, T., Lodge, T., McAuley, D., Rotsos, C., Moore, A.W., Koliousis, A., and Sventek, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Embedded, Networked and Distributed Systems
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 IEEE
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2012 Fourth International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks (COMSNETS 2012)
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
478101Homework: Shaping future user centred domestic infrastructuresJoseph SventekEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/F064225/1SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE