On Auto-configurable Network Devices

V.G. García, I. Sobrado, and D. Uhring (Spain)


Web and Internet Systems and Tools, Applications.


The Internet protocol is widely used in communication be tween devices of different manufacturers. Ease of use is a key requirement for a wide deployment of small IP de vices like hand-held computers and IP-phones. This paper outlines an auto-configuration infrastructure that allows an IPv6 device to obtain a valid IP address in the subnet where the device resides, find the machines that provide standard services in an arbitrary internetworking environment, and dynamically configure end-user applications. This research presents a novel approach for both contacting mobile de vices around the world and automatically configuring net work services. Our proposal does not require changes in the end-user applications or deployment of new communi cation protocols, nor does it need wide availability to be useful.

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