06907458 is referenced by 143 patents and cites 32 patents.

A peer-to-peer network of devices connected together with data being streamed over a digital network. Network devices include one or more data communication units that are locatable in two or more zones. Data communication units may be room stations and door stations connected to hub modules at an entertainment hub and local units connected to the entertainment hub. The entertainment hub may be connected to the Internet, either directly or, indirectly through one of the connected data communications units. Room stations include a sending unit, a receiving unit and an intercom unit (provide intercom, paging and station monitoring) and are located in different zones, each controlling local reception of data from the data stream and each may place data into the data stream. Room stations operate independently of each other such that a person at a first room station may select to receive audio data from another unit while a second person at a second room station is receiving data from yet another unit, each individually setting sound volume and tone controls independent of the other. Audio sources may include a radio tuner, a compact disc player, a mini-disc player, a microphone, a cassette player and a compressed audio data source and, any unit may select audio data from any audio source independent of other units. Room stations may include an interactive display and keypad with commonly used commands in a command menu. A time display may be included and stations may be time programmable. Some units may selectively disable issuance of commands from other network devices.

Title
Digital multi-room, multi-source entertainment and communications network
Application Number
9/849694
Publication Number
6907458 (B2)
Application Date
May 4, 2001
Publication Date
June 14, 2005
Inventor
Bradford Lowell Farris
Chicago
IL, US
Thomas Gerald Wojciechowski
Chicago
IL, US
Donald C Snedigar
Irving
TX, US
Stephen Robert Tomassetti
Newbury Park
CA, US
Agent
Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery
Assignee
M&S Systems
TX, US
IPC
G06F 017/00
G06F 013/00
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