Patent Number: 6,170,013

Title: Method and apparatus for controlling access to network information sources

Abstract: An apparatus communicatively coupling at least one client to a data network is depicted, the apparatus comprising a storage device, operative to store and retrieve information on demand, and a controller coupled to the storage device. The controller is operative to receive information from the data network on behalf of and in response to a client request, and to provide the requesting client with the received information. In addition, in accordance with the teachings of the present invention, the controller is operative to modify an expiration time of the received information and store the received information in the storage device wherein subsequent requests for the information are satisfied by the information available within the storage device, rather than the data network, until the modified expiration time has expired.

Inventors: Murata; Richard Y. (San Antonio, TX)

Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); G06F 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018