No assignee for this patent application has been made.
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates to a technology of quick connection with network devices, particularly to a method using barcode scan to input a login Account ID to connect quickly with network devices and a controller.
"Conventionally, as a network device without I/O (Input/Output) interface set or controlled, for example, router, network printer, network camera, a user has to use another controller with I/O interface, for example, computer, smart phone, to enter an IP address that is desired or is default in the device to be controlled on the controller. In the next event, the user has to spend a long time in entering much connection information with respect to the network device, such as IP address, login IP address, login Account ID, login password and etc., such that the network device may be connected to a server to be logged in for the fulfillment of network services desired to be provided; if the network device is in a local area network behind a router, the user has to further set the router to permit the network connection between the network device and the controller; besides, the user has to possess a basic knowledge of networking which is too complex and difficult to average users, as stated above.
"For example, a building management firm has to arrange multiple network cameras in doors, elevators, ladder spaces of some important floors etc. for the community building. Further, the contents recorded by the network cameras are sent to a specific multimedia storage device for access and recording of all contents sent from the network cameras. However, before using the multimedia storage device to access the contents recorded by remote network cameras, it is necessary to perform the complex internet connection procedure described aforementioned and set a login communication platform for all network cameras to be able to connect to internet, and for the multimedia storage device to accept the service request from the network camera and provide corresponding service, and it is pretty inconvenient. Also, in general, it is inconvenient in management because different login Account IDs/passwords have to be applied for different network cameras.
"Besides, after the above network device logs in to the server successfully with registered login Account ID, the owner or the administrator having administration authority of the network device may sometimes want to share the access authority of the network device with his/her relatives and/or friends. However, those relatives and/or friends have still to enter the login information, such as login Account ID, password etc., of the network device step by step, and it is pretty inconvenient for connection operation of the network device."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In view of the problem of above conventional technologies, one purpose of the invention is to provide a method for quick connection with a network device and a controller to simplify the procedure having to enter login information when connecting with a network device.
"To achieve the above goal, the invention provides a method for quick connection with network device, which connect a controller and the network device through a communication platform, and the communication platform records controller identification information and network device identification information for controller and network device that log in successfully, the controller identification information includes login Account ID for logging in to the communication platform, APP ID and IP connection method of control application installed and executed on the controller, the network device identification information includes login Account ID for logging to the communication platform, APP ID and IP connection method of function application installed and executed on the network device, the method for quick connection with network device includes the following procedure: control application of controller selects at least one login Account ID for generating barcode pattern from the recorded login Account ID of at least one of the network devices to generate barcode pattern corresponding to the selected at least one login Account ID; control application of another controller scans the generated barcode pattern, for the control application of the another controller to interpret login Account ID of network device to be connected; the control application of the another controller searches for corresponding identification information of network device with the interpreted login Account ID of the network device from the communication platform; the communication platform replies the another controller with the IP connection method of the network device to be connected according to the found out identification information of the network device; and the another controller connects with the network device desired to be connected according to the IP connection method replied by the communication platform.
"Further, the invention provides a controller, which connects to at least one network device that is configured as a service unit of a communication platform through the communication platform, for the controller to interact with the at least one network device, the network device has one function application module, the communication platform stores, for the network device that has logged in successfully, network device identification information, inclusive of login Account ID thereof, APP ID of the function application module and IP connection method thereof, the controller includes: a communication, which is used to connect with the network device and/or communication platform; and a control application module, which is used to output login Account ID/password used to log in to the communication platform through the communication module, and performs control process for the network device after connecting with the network device, and records the login Account ID used or the network device that has performed control process, and provides selection for recorded login Account IDs of the network devices, and generates barcode pattern corresponding to the login Account ID of the selected network device.
"For the above controller, the control application module has further a function of scanning barcode pattern to interpret login Account ID of the network device representing the barcode pattern, and search for network device identification information corresponding to the login Account ID in the communication platform, to perform connection with IP connection method of the network device acquired by the network device identification information that is found out.
"The barcode pattern generated by the controller is displayed on local screen, stored in local storage unit, printed out, uploaded to cloud, or sent to external storage unit by the controller to provide for another controller to access or scan directly, to thereby interpret the login Account ID of the network device corresponding to the barcode pattern, such hat it avoid the inconvenience that a client desiring to connect has to enter a series messages for login.
"In summary, for the method for quick connection with network device and the controller of the invention, the client selects from login Account IDs and/or APP Resources of one or more network devices recorded on a controller, and tap an execution key on the controller, the control application then provides the login Account ID selected by the client and/or the barcode pattern generated from the APP Resource to another controller for the user thereof to scan, such that the another controller may connect with the network device directly without entering a series of messages for login manually to simplify input program. The invention may provide convenient input operation for clients that are not familiar with input operation. Therefore, it overcomes the rejection of people on connection operation of network devices.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The above and other aspects, features and other advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
"FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing a system architecture of a method for quick connection with a network device according to the invention;
"FIG. 2 is a process flow chart showing that how a network device becomes a legal unit in a communication platform;
"FIG. 3 is a method flow chart showing the quick connection with a network device according to the invention; and
"FIG. 4 shows a controller implementing the method in FIG. 3 and a fundamental structure block diagram of the controller, a communication platform and a network device."
For more information, see this patent application: Tung,
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