System and method for triggering actions at a host computer by telephone

  • US 5,809,118 A
  • Filed: 05/30/1996
  • Issued: 09/15/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/30/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of triggering a program stored at a host computer system using a telephone ring signal, wherein the host system includes a ring detection circuit connected to a phone line, the method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) dialing the telephone number of the phone line connected to the host system, thereby generating a ring signal on the phone line;

    (b) detecting the ring signal on the phone line using a ring detection circuit, and then generating a trigger signal to the host system indicating a phone call has been detected; and

    (c) the host system receiving the trigger signal and executing a predetermined program stored at the host system, wherein the predetermined program executed by the host system creates a connection between the host system and the Internet using a communication device connected to the host system.

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