06546419 is referenced by 359 patents.

Method and system for performing a service on a home network having a plurality of home devices connected thereto, by: connecting a client device to the home network for displaying a user interface; executing a software agent on the client device for obtaining selection information for the network devices and displaying the selection information on a user interface displayed on the client device; selecting a first home device connected to the network from the user interface being displayed on the client device; reading first capabilities data for the first home device, where the first capabilities data includes information in a structured format for identifying the capabilities of the first home device; reading second capabilities data for a second home device connected to the network, where the second capabilities data includes information in the structured format for identifying the capabilities of the second home device; comparing the first and second capabilities data of the first and second home devices, respectively; selecting the second home device from the user interface displayed on the client device; and sending control and command data from the client device to the first and second home devices to cause the first and second home devices to communicate with each other to perform the service.

Title
Method and apparatus for user and device command and control in a network
Application Number
9/306632
Publication Number
6546419 (B1)
Application Date
May 7, 1999
Publication Date
April 8, 2003
Inventor
Dongyan Wang
440 Oak Grove Dr. #302, Santa Clara
CA, US
Richard Humpleman
343 Lower Vintners Cir., Fremont
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/173
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