Patent Number: 6,311,220

Title: Method and apparatus for communicating data and management information

Abstract: A system is provided for communicating data between a first device and a second device across a communication link. Data is communicated between the first device and the second device across the communication link using a first protocol. Management information is communicated between the first device and the second device across the communication link using a second protocol. The system is capable of determining whether the first device is capable of communicating management information with the second device. If the first device is capable of communicating management information with the second device, then the system enables the communication of management information between the first device and the second device.

Inventors: Fischer; Keith S. (Sunnyvale, CA), Selby; Corey A. (Hollister, CA), Smith; Robert W. (Los Altos, CA), Smith; Kevin G. (Austin, TX)

Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited

International Classification: G06F 13/38 (20060101); H04L 5/14 (20060101); H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 12/24 (20060101); G06F 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018