05432907 is referenced by 310 patents and cites 15 patents.

A hub circuit with an integrated bridge circuit carried out in software including a switch for bypassing the bridge process such that the two bridged networks effectively become one network. An in-band management process in software is disclosed which receives and executes network management commands received as data packets from the LANs coupled to the integrated hub/bridge. Also disclosed is hardware and software to implement an isolate mode where data packets which would ordinarily be transferred by the bridge process are not transferred except in-band management packets are transferred to the in-band management process regardless of which network from which they arrived. An out-of-band to in-band management process receives network management commands and executes them or forwards them in-band to whatever device to which they are addressed.

Title
Network hub with integrated bridge
Application Number
7/881931
Publication Number
5432907
Application Date
May 12, 1992
Publication Date
July 11, 1995
Inventor
William E Steels
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Jose J Picazo Jr
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Ronald Craig Falk Vestal & Fish Fish
Assignee
Network Resources Corporation
IPC
H04J 3/02
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