I have asked a question about Port Forwarding for non IP IoT Devices

I understand that the hub is the controller of non IP devices attached to it, and each group of devices with the same wireless technology have a common controller.

How technically can a Z-Wave device for example could be accessed from the outside through his controller (hub), does this happen through port forwarding (if it is, how this is done technically), or is there other techniques (e.g., through cloud-based platform, through hub-based platform, hole punching, UPnP….),

I am just confused, because I want to know if non IP devices are also susceptible to be attacked from the outside (e.g., Mirai Attack), because since they are both protected behind the gateway and their controller, they are less susceptible than direct connected IP devices that might be attacked only through NAT traversal using default passwords.

  • I think this question, although well intentioned, is too broad. Asking what attack vectors exist for a device on the local LAN, which also has other inputs, has too many potential answers. Also, I feel this is not your 'true' question. Jan 9, 2018 at 17:47
  • I agree that this question could improve by focusing on a special attack or small group of attacks.
    – Helmar
    Jan 10, 2018 at 10:15

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Non-IP devices by definition are not addressable over the Internet, so the concepts of port forwarding and UPnP do not apply. Instead, the hub has to provide a translation service. There are various standard and non-standard ways to do this.

For example, a non-standard way to control a Z-Wave device might be for the gateway to run custom software that accepts commands over IP and acts by sending Z-Wave commands to a device. A standard way might be a ZIPGateway, which provides a known method of encapsulating Z-Wave packets inside IP packets.

Whether the translation layer is standard, non-standard, or not even deliberate, there is still the potential for attack from the Internet.


Anything that receives commands or software updates over a radio is open to attack, it doesn't necessarily need to be initiated via a internet connection. E.g.


Or it doesn't even need a radio


  • very interesting ! effectively, the internet gateway is not the only path to attack IoT devices, thanks @hardillb
    – BiG_TooTh
    Jan 6, 2018 at 18:56

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