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Scholl et al.
US005742762A [li] Patent Number:  Date of Patent:
 NETWORK MANAGEMENT GATEWAY
 Inventors: Thomas H. Scholl; William E.
Witowsky, both of Gaithersburg, Md.
 Assignee: Telogy Networks, Inc., Germantown, Md.
The present invention provides network management of a network or multiple networks, using a Web client, and including multimedia and hypermedia capability. The present invention provides a unified, remote, graphical, transparent interface for Web users, working at a Web client, to a variety of managed networks. The present invention receives requests from a Web client forwarded by a Web server and interacts with the managed networks and their associated objects to obtain information. The present invention then converts this information in real time to hypermedia document format in HTTP and HTML, and transmits this information to the Web client via the Web server, appearing to the client as information in a Web file. This permits a Web user to manage multiple networks and access multiple networks via a single Web client, thus providing a unification of the management interface for dissimilar managed networks, and devices.
18 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets