Method and apparatus for peer-to-peer communication

  • US 6,094,676 A
  • Filed: 05/30/1997
  • Issued: 07/25/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/30/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of establishing a peer-to-peer communication between an originating unit and a receiving unit over a network channel that identifies communicating units by network address, comprising the steps of:

  • sending a message from said originating unit to said receiving unit over a monitor channel;

    monitoring a monitor channel by said receiving unit;

    determining information indicative of the identity of at least one of said originating unit and said receiving unit;

    generating a trigger event in response to at least one of said sending and monitoring steps, wherein said trigger event includes connecting at least one of said originating unit and said receiving unit to said network channel, thereby establishing a first network address for at least one of said originating unit and said receiving unit, and determining said first network address by the other of said originating unit or said receiving unit using the information indicative of the identity of at least one of said originating unit and said receiving unit; and

    in response to said triggering event, establishing communication between said originating unit and said receiving unit over said network channel using said first network address.

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