Circuit Switching Shared Media Hybrid
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Many system organizations include communications between both people and computers. Both of these have a need to communicate electronically. People typically communicate by voice transmission over a phone through a PBX. Local computers generally communicate over coax attached hierarchically to HOST systems. This has the disadvantages of limiting system to system connectivity and requiring a separately managed set of wires and network management structure for computers and phones. The connectivity problem is being addressed by shared media, packet switched local area networks (LANs), but this is not solving the costly requirement of having two separate systems.