System and method for detecting computer port inactivity

  • US 7,293,291 B2
  • Filed: 07/18/2003
  • Issued: 11/06/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system comprising:

  • a router, including;

    a first interface to communicate with a local area network connection at an end user computer;

    a second interface to communicate with a wide area network connection to at a distributed computer network;

    detection logic responsive to the first interface, the detection logic to detect user inactivity at the end-user computer; and

    blocking logic responsive to the detection logic, the blocking logic to selectively initiate a blocking signal to disable communications received at the second interface from being sent over the first interface to the end-user computer;

    whereinthe detection logic and the blocking logic are embedded within an auto-sensing Ethernet port of the router.

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