Method and apparatus for authorizing remote internet access

  • US 5,898,780 A
  • Filed: 10/09/1996
  • Issued: 04/27/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/21/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for authorizing access to the internet comprising:

  • receiving a login information packet at a first server from a user, the login information packet including user identification information that is used to identify the user and home server identification information that is used to determine an internet address for a second server that uses the user identification information to identify the user;

    determining that the login information packet includes the home server identification information;

    searching a first list stored on the first server for the home server identification information;

    obtaining an internet address for the second server if the home server identification information is found on the first list;

    establishing an internet connection between the first server and the second server using the internet address for the second server obtained from the first list;

    searching a second list stored on the second server for the user identification information;

    transmitting an authorization message from the second server to the first server if the user identification information satisfies certain predetermined criteria; and

    granting the user access to the internet in response to the authorization message.

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