Google wants to be your Internet

Brandon Galbraith brandon.galbraith at
Tue Jan 23 17:16:04 UTC 2007

> Why is IP required, and even if you used IP for transport why must the
> meter identification be based on an IP address?  If meters only report
> information, they don't need a unique transport address and could put
> the meter identifier in the application data.
> Even if the intent is to include additional controls, e.g. cycle air
> conditioners during peak periods, you still don't need to use IP or
> unique IP transport addresses.
> Just because you have the hammer called IP, doesn't mean you must use
> it on everything.

Exactly. A meter should be able to connect over an available transport
method, and be identifiable via a serial number, not an IP. It may need to
grab a DHCP address of some sort (or whatever the moniker is for the
transport available), but in the end it's unique serial number should be
used to identify itself.
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