Local area communications server

  • US 5,657,446 A
  • Filed: 11/14/1994
  • Issued: 08/12/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/14/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A communication system comprising:

  • (a) a local area network (LAN),(b) a computer system connected to the LAN including means for storing and processing applications programs, one of said applications programs being a program for controlling a communications device,(c) a telecommunications server connected to the LAN including means for controlling connection of communications peripheral devices,(d) communications devices connected to said server,(e) said server comprising means for receiving a request for service from one of the communications devices, for passing a message to said computer system via the LAN, for receiving control messages resulting from said computer system processing a program for controlling a communications device and for controlling at least one of connections and operation of said communications device dependent on the character of said control messages, and having (i) a database for storing server system configuration data, (II) a peripheral driver, (iii) a call controller for controlling the peripheral driver and accessing application programs and the system configuration data, and (iv) a protocol converter for passing control and data messages in manners proprietary to each peripheral communications device from and to said peripheral communications devices via peripheral drivers and to and from a variety of standard and non-standard application programs stored in said computer system; and

    (f) a system management means for initializing the server and configuring the server in accordance with data stored in the database.

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