Establishing Home Interoperability With Universal Plug And Play
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Overview: The Universal Plug and Play protocol extends the simplicity of the Plug and Play peripheral model to include the entire network, enabling discovery and control of devices, including networked devices and services, such as network attached printers, Internet gateways, and consumer electronics equipment. It is designed to support zero-configuration “invisible” networking, so a device can dynamically join a network, obtain an IP address, convey its capabilities and learn about the presence and capabilities of other devices--all automatically. UPnP uses standard TCP/IP and internet protocols, enabling it to seamlessly fit into existing networks. A distributed, open network architecture, it is independent of any particular OS, programming language, or physical medium. UPnP does not specify the APIs the applications will use, allowing operating system vendors to create APIs that will meet their customers' needs.