06457054 is referenced by 41 patents.
A system for reducing user-visible latency for communications between two network devices is implemented in a method which includes transmitting a request packet from a first network device to a second network device, where the request packet has a request to establish a new connection and a request for data, with the request to establish a new connection including a connection identifier. The second network device selectively accepts the new connection or discards the request based upon a comparison of the connection identifier to a corresponding connection identifier that it maintains. The second network device transmits a response packet to the first network device that includes a confirmation of the request to establish a new connection and a reply to the request for data. A connection between the first and second network devices is maintained after receipt of the response packet.