Method and apparatus for automatic discovery of network devices with data forwarding capabilities

  • US 7,515,546 B2
  • Filed: 12/19/2001
  • Issued: 04/07/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/19/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
Patent Images

1. A method for automatic discovery of network devices within a managed network comprising the steps of:

  • selecting a first network address from a first set comprising a plurality of network addresses;

    sending a first message to said first network address requesting information about any device associated with said first network address;

    awaiting a first appropriate response to said first message;

    receiving a first appropriate response from a first device associated with said first network address;

    determining if said first device provides routing capabilities;

    if said first device provides routing capabilities, making said first device available for selection for management by a network management system;

    selecting a second address from said first set of network addresses;

    repeating said sending, and awaiting steps for said second network address.

View all claims
    ×
    ×

    Thank you for your feedback

    ×
    ×