Method and apparatus for peer-to-peer communication

  • US 6,219,710 B1
  • Filed: 01/07/2000
  • Issued: 04/17/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/30/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of establishing 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;

    generating a trigger event in response to at least one of said sending and monitoring steps;

    determining information indicative of a first network address associated with 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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