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Scan to PC Discovery of Multifunction Devices Using USB Thumb Drive

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000186537D
Publication Date: 2009-Aug-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

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Abstract

Scanning from a network device to a Personal Computer (PC) is a very common workflow. Users often want to scan a document to their PC so they can preview the scanned image to verify it was scanned correctly, perform some change to the image before sending it to its final destination, or store the electronic image on the PC. Scan workflows for networked devices require that the device is somehow able to discover the end-user PC. Once the device knows about the end-user PC, the device can proceed to perform a scan to that PC. Because of technical limitations of network topologies and due to security concerns, devices often have difficulty finding end-user PCs on networks that span multiple subnets. In the past, users required technical savvy or required System Administrator support to configure a device such that it can successfully scan to an end-users PC. This idea proposes a method for configuring a scanning device to scan to a user's workstation. A software application on the user's PC gathers the necessary user profile information and stores that information to a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Thumb Drive. The user then goes to the scanning Device and inserts the Thumb Drive and executes a scan job operation. The scanning Device detects the user's profile information on the USB Thumb Drive and uses it to transfer the scanned images to the user's PC.

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Scan to PC Discovery of Multifunction Devices Using

USB Thumb Drive

Scanning from a network device to a Personal Computer (PC) is a very common workflow. Users often want to scan a document to their PC so they can preview the scanned image to verify it was scanned correctly, perform some change to the image before sending it to its final destination, or store the electronic image on the PC.  Scan workflows for networked devices require that the device is somehow able to discover the end-user PC.  Once the device knows about the end-user PC, the device can proceed to perform a scan to that PC. Because of technical limitations of network topologies and due to security concerns, devices often have difficulty finding end-user PCs on networks that span multiple subnets. In the past, users required technical savvy or required System Administrator support to configure a device such that it can successfully scan to an end-users PC.  This idea proposes a method for configuring a scanning device to scan to a user's workstation. A software application on the user's PC gathers the necessary user profile information and stores that information to a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Thumb Drive. The user then goes to the scanning Device and inserts the Thumb Drive and executes a scan job operation. The scanning Device detects the user's profile information on the USB Thumb Drive and uses it to transfer the scanned images to the user's PC.

The method proposes an end-user PC discovery mechanism based on a USB thumb drive. The user will insert a standard USB thumb drive into their end-user PC.  A software application running on the end-user PC will create a file (or files) on the USB thumb drive. This file(s) will contain network information sufficient to locate the end-user PC on the network. This file(s) will a...