Patent Number: 7,822,864

Title: Communication apparatus, program product for adding communication mechanism to communication apparatus for providing improved usability and communication efficiency, and recording medium storing program product

Abstract: A computer program product for, when run on a computer for controlling a second communication apparatus installed inside a firewall including a plurality of service providing mechanisms for receiving a communication request including an operation request from an apparatus installed inside the firewall, and sending a communication response including an operation response to the apparatus, performs a communication function addition method, including the steps of providing the computer with an intermediate mechanism for intermediating communication between a first communication apparatus installed outside the firewall and the plurality of service providing mechanisms, and causing the second communication apparatus to collectively receive and send operation requests to the service providing mechanisms and operation responses, respectively, from and to the first communication apparatus. A computer readable storage medium stores the computer program product. A communication apparatus installed inside the firewall including the plurality of service providing mechanisms is provided with the intermediate mechanism.

Inventors: Matsushima; Hiroyuki (Kanagawa-ken, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00