Providing online connectivity across a range of electronic communications systems

  • US 7,532,571 B1
  • Filed: 06/27/2003
  • Issued: 05/12/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of monitoring and providing online connectivity sources, comprising;

  • monitoring a connectivity status of one or more connectivity sources, the one or more connectivity sources comprising at least a first connectivity source and a second connectivity source;

    selecting one of one or more available connectivity sources for use for online communications;

    connecting a user'"'"'s computer to a remote computing system via the selected available connectivity source;

    monitoring whether the connection to the remote computing system via the selected connectivity source has failed;

    if the connection is detected as failed, then scheduling a poll on a background software thread;

    if the poll fails, then generating a notification that the connection to the remote computing system via the selected connectivity source is disconnected, wherein the selected connectivity source comprises the first connectivity source;

    attempting reconnection to the remote computing system;

    if the selected connectivity source is lost, determining whether the second connectivity source is available;

    if the second connectivity source is available, automatically connecting the user'"'"'s computer to the remote computing system via the second connectivity source without user action;

    reducing an interval at which reconnection to the remote computing system is allowed from a first interval to a second interval after not being able to connect to the remote computing system using the first connectivity source for a given time period so that a connection attempt may be made to the remote computing system via the second connectivity source after the reduced interval;

    resetting the time period upon detecting a network change, the network change comprising a hardware change at the user'"'"'s computer;

    switching back to the first interval upon detecting the network change; and

    marking the one or more connectivity sources as inoperable while the user'"'"'s computer is shutting down to prevent subsequent online communication events from adding to shutdown delays.

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