The Basic Device V 1.0 Standardized DCP is unique in that it does not define any services. However it is a very important DCP nonetheless and this brief note is intended to provide a potential implementer with some context and guidance on how to use the Basic Device V 1.0 Standardized DCP appropriately.
A Basic Device is one that follows all of the rules prescribed by the UPnP Device Architecture for discovery and description. Using the UPnP V 1.0 DCP Framework, a control point can discover a Basic Device, read it’s device description document and thereby obtain information about the device, such as device vendor, device name, a URL for further information, configuration or control, etc. As with any UPnP compliant device, the amount of information in the device description is completely up to the implementer.
Since the Basic Device does not include any services, Basic Devices are not, by themselves, eligible to get the UPnP logo. However, the UPnP Certification Test Tool is capable of testing Basic Devices. Also, if other UPnP Standardized Device types are embedded within a Basis Device (for example, a MediaServer or MediaRenderer), then those Standardized Device types are eligible to carry the UPnP logo.
The Basic Device represents a low cost of entry into the networked world. Basic Devices can be discovered and displayed as members of the UPnP device ecosystem. Programmatic interaction with Basic Devices by a control point will be limited, but manual interaction with a Basic Device can be done using any web browser. The Basic Device represents a very attractive way to get devices on the network, and a way for such devices to be discovered and controlled. As new scenarios, usage models and DCPs are created over time, what starts out as a Basic Device today can evolve into a device that fully participates in automated, coordinated control and web services based on the UPnP DCP framework.
Please consider the Basic Device V 1.0 Standardized DCP as an invitation to entering the networked world, and then grow along with the UPnP Forum into the digital home.
The following files contain the standardized device description for the Basic Device. This standard passed the 45-day UPnP Forum member review and was approved by the Steering Committee on December 11, 2002.