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Infrared Local Area Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120084D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McLean, JG: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes an implementation of local area networks (LANs) with the use of infrared (IR) links.

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Infrared Local Area Network

      This article describes an implementation of local area
networks (LANs) with the use of infrared (IR) links.

      In the concept disclosed herein, a home or office complex has
built into one or more walls of each room, an infrared transceiver
unit.  All units connect via wires to a central hub, which receives
IR signal input from any room and directs it, perhaps "intelligently"
based upon information in the incoming signal, to one, several, or
all other units.  A wireless LAN could be implemented to provide
communication between personal computers (PCs), printers, lab
equipment, etc.  The entire assembly could be made part of a modular
office wall section.

      By using standard LAN techniques (random retry, token passing,
etc.) and using the IR network as a simple transmission medium,
hardware complexity is minimized.  The basic building block of the IR
LAN is a simple IR omnidirectional repeater.  Referring to the block
diagram of Fig. 1, it is illustrated that a signal received in any
room is replicated in every room; it is up to the LAN software to
sort it out.  In this implementation the IR network is a true LAN
medium.  Unlike other LAN media, intelligence can be added to the IR
LAN.

      Room-addressing at the hub can be added, thus taking some of
the performance load from the LAN software.  LAN performance could be
improved through the use of a multiplexer, to resolve the case of
signals inbound from more than one source at once, eliminating retry
delays. Adding even more addressing capability would allow a digital
PBX (CBX) approach which can accommodate and route simultaneous
signals from multiple sources to multiple targets, like a smart
cross- point switch.

      The IR LAN allows a number of IR linked devices to communicate
between rooms of a house or an office.  The IR links allow the
devices to communicate without the need for communication cables
between devices.  The cables are all inside of the walls which
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