Patent Number: 7,089,334

Title: Intelligent network interface port for visiting computers

Abstract: A intelligent network interface network port (INIP) is provided that enables a visiting computer to be connected to a local area network (LAN), even though the LAN is not configured to support the visiting computer. Upon detecting one of several specific types of messages, the INIP modifies the message, retransmits the modified message and notifies the visiting computer that the INIP is the appropriate target for the message, thus acting as a relay point between the visiting computer and other devices both on the LAN and accessible through it. This enables the visiting computer to transparently connect to a LAN that is not configured to support it.

Inventors: Peshkin; Joel D. (Irvine, CA)

Assignee: Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101); G06F 15/177 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018