Patent Number: 7,042,872

Title: Method and apparatus for managing remote IP network elements through SONET network elements

Abstract: A method and apparatus for transmitting an IP packet between first and second remotely located IP end devices via a network operating under OSI. An IP interface is overlaid over OSI in the routers that are directly connected to the IP devices. These routers act as gateways, communicating with each other using OSI but able to convey IP information to the first and second IP devices via the overlaid IP interface.

Inventors: Burnett; Robert (Raleigh, NC)

Assignee: Alcatel

International Classification: H04L 12/66 (20060101); H04L 12/24 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018