WS-Discovery

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Web Services Dynamic Discovery (WS-Discovery) is a technical specification that defines a multicast discovery protocol to locate services on a local network. It operates over TCP and UDP port 3702 and uses IP multicast address 239.255.255.250. As the name suggests, the actual communication between nodes is done using web services standards, notably SOAP-over-UDP.

The protocol was originally developed by BEA Systems, Canon, Intel, Microsoft, and WebMethods. On July 1st 2009 it was approved as a standard by OASIS.[1]

Various components in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system use WS-Discovery, e.g. "People near me". WS-Discovery is an integral part of Windows Rally technologies and Devices Profile for Web Services.

The component WSDMON in Windows 7 and later uses WS-Discovery to automatically discover WSD-enabled network printers, which show in Network in Windows Explorer, and can be installed by double-clicking on them. In Windows 8 or later installation is automatic. WS-Discovery is enabled by default in networked HP printers since circa 2008.[2][3]

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