Communicating with caps: Managing usage caps in home networks

Hyojoon Kim, Srikanth Sundaresan, Marshini Chetty, Nick Feamster, W. Keith Edwards

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As Internet service providers increasingly implement and impose "usage caps", consumers need better ways to help them understand and control how devices in the home use up the available network resources or available capacity. Towards this goal, we will demonstrate a system that allows users to monitor and manage their usage caps. The system uses the BISMark firmware running on network gateways to collect usage statistics and report them to a logically centralized controller, which displays usage information. The controller allows users to specify policies about how different people, devices, and applications should consume the usage cap; it implements and enforces these policies via a secure OpenFlow control channel to each gateway device. The demonstration will show various use cases, such as limiting the usage of a particular application, visualizing usage statistics, and allowing users within a single household to "trade" caps with one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2011
EventACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 15 2011Aug 19 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11


OtherACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


  • Home network
  • OpenFlow
  • Usage cap


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