Internet message communicator with direct output to a hard copy device

  • US 6,216,156 B1
  • Filed: 10/19/1998
  • Issued: 04/10/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A global network communicator for providing transmission of hard copy messages to or from a user and a global network, the communicator comprising:

  • a network access activation unit for initiating communication between the communicator and the global network, and for initiating transmission of data to or from the communicator and the global network;

    a scheduling unit for automatically activating the network access activation unit at predetermined instances in time;

    a polling apparatus, operating in cooperation with the scheduling unit, for automatically polling to determine whether data needs to be transmitted to or from the communicator and the global network; and

    a network protocol processing unit, operative for communication with the global network, for formatting data sent to or from the global network and the communicator; and

    a hard copy processing unit for providing automatic transmission of data to or from the global network and a hard copy interface.

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