Establishing a point-to-point internet communication

  • US 6,513,066 B1
  • Filed: 09/29/1999
  • Issued: 01/28/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/25/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for establishing point-to-point Internet communication comprising the steps of:

  • (a) storing in a database a respective Internet Protocol (IP) address of a set of processing units that have an on-line status with respect to the Internet;

    (b) transmitting a query from a first processing unit to a connection server to determine the on-line status of a second processing unit; and

    (c) retrieving the IP address of the second unit from the database using the connection server, in response to the determination of a positive on-line status of the second processing unit, for establishing a point-to-point communication link between the first and second processing units through the Internet.

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