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Configuration of IPv4 Hosts in Zero-Configuration Networks
KTH, Superseded Departments, Teleinformatics. (CCSlab)
2000 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Zero-configuration networks are networks that require no/zero manual configuration or administration to operate. The essence of a zero-configuration network is that it can be used without having to think about the network at all. The most basic zero-configuration network just provides network communication but more advanced services can be provided as long as no configuration is needed. An important area of use is networks for homes and small businesses. Many of the devices that we have in our homes are or will in a near future be ‘networked’ i.e. capable of network communication. Examples are computers and computer equipment such as printers and scanners, the next generation home-appliances such as the refrigerator and the washing machine, the TV, the stereo, climate sensors etc. etc. The main driving forces for this development are the need for resource sharing e.g. of printers or Internet access, home automation and devices, applications or services that use network communication. Networks for the home must be ‘automatic’ because the average person today has problems programming his VCR and cannot be expected to configure or administrate his/her home-network. Today’s solutions are insufficient because they require manual configuration and some technical knowledge. The market potential is enormous. Almost all homes and most small businesses lack a network infrastructure and many will in a near future acquire it.

In this thesis I discuss the need and areas of use for zero-configuration networks and I look at how to configure IP hosts in general. Solutions on configuration of hosts in zero-configuration networks are discussed and I propose a solution for IPv4 hosts that enables link-local communication, the most basic type of network communication using IP.

This master’s thesis was carried out at Ericsson Research in Kista during the fall of 1999 and spring of 2000.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. , 44 p.
National Category
Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93551OAI: diva2:516946
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Electrical Engineering
2000-05-09, Seminar room "Telegrafen", Isafjordsgatan 22, Kista, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-04-20 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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