Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 967–975 | Cite as

Characterizing home network traffic: an inside view

  • Kuai Xu
  • Feng Wang
  • Lin Gu
  • Jianhua Gao
  • Yaohui Jin
Original Article


The rapid spread of residential broadband connections and Internet-capable consumer devices in home networks has changed the landscape of Internet traffic. To gain a deep understanding of Internet traffic for home networks, this paper develops a traffic monitoring platform that collects and analyzes home network traffic via programmable home routers and traffic profiling servers. Using traffic data captured from real home networks, we present traffic characteristics in home networks and then apply principal component analysis to uncover temporal correlations among application ports. In light of prevalent unwanted traffic on the Internet, we characterize the intensity, sources, and port diversity of unwanted traffic toward home networks. To the best of our knowledge, this paper is the first study to characterize network traffic of Internet-capable devices from inside home network.


Home networks Behavior monitoring Unwanted traffic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kuai Xu
    • 1
  • Feng Wang
    • 1
  • Lin Gu
    • 2
  • Jianhua Gao
    • 3
  • Yaohui Jin
    • 4
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyKowloonHong Kong
  3. 3.Wuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and NetworkShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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