Status monitoring systems for cable television signal distribution networks

  • US 5,961,604 A
  • Filed: 06/03/1998
  • Issued: 10/05/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/03/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for monitoring and controlling a network component located at a first location in a cable television network using browser software running on a general purpose computer located at a second location in and operatively connected to the cable television network, comprising:

  • server/interface means comprisingstatus means adapted to be operatively connected to the network component to determine status information of the network component,control means adapted to be operatively connected to the network component to generate control signals for controlling the network component, anddevice specific application means comprisingdatabase means for storing status/control data associated with the status information and the control signals, andgenerator means adapted to generate browser data that may be interpreted by the browser software, where the browser data incorporates at least some of the status/control data; and

    connecting means adapted to connect the device specific application means to the cable television network such that the display data may be displayed and altered using the browser software, the connecting means comprising a modem for converting the browser data into communications data appropriate for transmission by the cable television network.

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