Patent Number: 6,337,863

Title: Seamless communication service with intelligent edge devices

Abstract: A service for providing seamless communication between stations over an ATM network. Seamless communication services are distributed among intelligent "peer" members. A single service member is selected as a "master" member for purposes of service configuration. The master member advertises the addresses of all members to every other member so that every member can configure virtual circuits to every other member. In the provision of services, each member constructs a member table which associates other members with a point-to-point virtual circuit and a learning table which associates globally recognized representations of addresses of stations behind other peer members with a point-to-point virtual circuit. The service supports multiple LAN media and multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs).

Inventors: Nair; Shekar G. (Moorpark, CA), Bailey; John W. (Agoura Hills, CA)

Assignee: Alcatel Interworking, Inc.

International Classification: H04Q 11/04 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101); H04L 012/28 ()

Expiration Date: 01/08/2019