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On a device connected to a router (ie - a PC), is it possible for that device to request information from that router? Ideally, I would want to detect my router's make and model by making some kind of request to the router itself. I'd want the PC to be able to make a GET request to it or something along those lines, and find out information about the type of router being used.

Is this kind of thing possible?

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There are several technologies available:

  • SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol): Most business routers support it, very few home routers do.
  • UPnP (Universal Plug-n-Play): Many home routers support it, very few business routers do.

Both these protocols have means to get a make/model of a router, but it's going to be more complex than just a HTTP GET request. You'll need to use specialized libraries to tools to get that info.

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If SNMP is enabled, though, snmpwalk -v 2c -c "public" $ROUTER_ADDR SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr might work (where public is the default SNMP community name) – grawity Jan 20 '12 at 23:57

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