Internet message communicator with direct output to a hard copy device

  • US 5,826,026 A
  • Filed: 11/09/1995
  • Issued: 10/20/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A global network communicator for providing access solely to a global network comprising:

  • a global network application specific user interface;

    a network access activation unit for initiating communication between the communicator and the global network and for initiating downloading of an incoming message from the global network;

    a scheduling unit for automatically activating the network access activation unit at predetermined times;

    a polling apparatus, operating in cooperation with the scheduling unit, for automatically polling the network to determine the presence of an incoming message for a user;

    a network protocol processing unit operative for communication with the global network, for formatting data to a protocol employed by the global network and for translating received data from the global network to a format useful ultimately by a user in hard copy form; and

    a hard copy processing unit for automatically downloading an incoming message and outputting the incoming message via a hard copy interface port to a hard copy output device.

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