Remote limit-setting information distribution system

  • US 5,954,793 A
  • Filed: 10/02/1996
  • Issued: 09/21/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for remotely setting limits on an information distribution system including a remote processing device for being connected to a host computer by a communications channel, said method comprising the steps of:

  • entering selection and limit parameters at the remote processing device;

    verifying the selection and limit parameters at the remote processing device prior to establishing said communications channel;

    if the selection and limit parameters are verified at the remote processing device, establishing said communications channel and transferring said selection and limit parameters from the remote processing device to the host computer by the communications channel;

    storing said selection and limit parameters in a memory of the host computer;

    transmitting inbound information directly from at least one information source, through a communications link, to said host computer, said information source being outside said host computer and said processing device;

    extracting, only in said host computer, extracted information from said inbound information in response to said selection and limit parameters, said extracted information including only those portions of inbound information which satisfy said selection and limit parameters; and

    distributing a non-interactive paging message from the host computer to the remote processing device, said paging message including, of said inbound information transmitted to said host computer, only said extracted information.

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