System and method for providing data communication in a device network

  • US 6,839,731 B2
  • Filed: 05/20/2003
  • Issued: 01/04/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. In a system including one or more premises-server computing devices in communication with a number of input and/or output devices, a central communication device, and at least one client computing device in communication with the central communication device, a method for processing device data, the method comprising:

  • transmitting an access request to the central communication device, the access request including one or more identification attributes corresponding to a client computing device;

    obtaining a listing of available premises-server computing devices, the listing of available premises-server computing devices corresponding to a set of premises-server computing devices a client computing device is authorized to access based at least in part on the identification attributes;

    transmitting a communication request to communicate with one or more premises-server computing devices;

    establishing a direct connection with a proxy application in each of the one or more premises-server computing devices for which the communication request is successful; and

    obtaining device information from each proxy application associated with the one or more premises-server computing device, the device information corresponding to a current input and/or output device state;

    wherein establishing a direct connection with a proxy application in each of the one or more premises-server computing devices cannot occur prior to obtaining the listing of available premises-server computing devices.

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