05852721 is referenced by 286 patents and cites 34 patents.

A requesting terminal includes an interface that allows a user to select whether data downloaded from a network (such as the Internet) is transmitted to the requesting terminal via a high-speed link, such as a satellite link, or a lower speed link, such as a terrestrial link. Preferably, the terrestrial link (which may comprise a conventional dial-up Internet connection) is a two-way link, wherein the requesting terminal transmits data requests to the network via the terrestrial link. The data requests generated by the requesting terminal are modified to designate whether the requested data should be downloaded from the network via the terrestrial link or the satellite link. The terrestrial link may also be automatically selected for certain applications.

Title
Method and apparatus for selectively retrieving information from a source computer using a terrestrial or satellite interface
Application Number
257670
Publication Number
5852721
Application Date
February 7, 1997
Publication Date
December 22, 1998
Inventor
Vivek Gupta
Gaithersburg
MD, US
Douglas M Dillon
Gaithersburg
MD, US
Agent
Michael Sales
John Whelan
Assignee
Hughes Electronics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
H04Q 7/22
G06F 9/44
G06F 13/14
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