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Adaptive Web Browser Settings in Slow Network Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244297D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 34K

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Web Browsers can reset their navigation capabilites switching to a text mode only, in case they detect slow networks or preferred internet service provider signal is not available and only roaming navigation is possible.

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Adaptive Web Browser Settings in Slow Network

    A high number of mobile devices (i.e. smart phones, tablets, laptops) connects to Internet from any external location. Sometimes it happens that the network speed is not so fast or the default phone company network provider is not available, specially in remote sites, far from big towns or public places.

    In these conditions, when the user wants to access to a web site where are present many animations or images or videos, if the connection speed is too low, the access to the site is compromised, because it becomes too slow due to the high amount of data being transferred.

    Another possibility that can happen is that the device goes in "roaming mode", that is, it attempts to connect to another phone company network provider, that can cause an increase of charging for the network connection when downloading a lot of data.

    In order to manage these two conditions, some browsers provide the capability to set the navigation mode in text only, so that no images, video or animations are downloaded. The benefit of this setting is to allow to explore the web site even if connection is slow, because the network traffic between the device and the web site is significantly reduced. Another benefit is that, ever if device goes in "roaming mode", since it causes the network traffic to be reduced, also the charging of the connection won't increase too much.

This current solution has the following limitation:

When the setting done at client site (i.e. Microsoft IE capability), it is a static choice that requires a web configuration every time a navigation in a slow network happens, and it is not dynamically set by the client itself.

    The idea in the solution here presented is to have an adaptive web browser able to configure some criteria that can drive and adapt the navigation mode.

    One criteria can be the network speed; the client sets a threshold value so that, if the speed is lower than this value, then the images, animations, video cannot be downloaded or can be downloaded in smaller size.

    Another criteria can be the roaming; if the client detects that it is connected to a phone company provider different than the default, then, no images , video, animations can be downloaded.

    The implementation of the adaptive algorithm comprises two software components:



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Naming convention:
device = is the tablet or phone or laptop that connects to the network

  web browser = is the program installed in the device responsible to access to internet
web server = is the application running in the remote site, responsible to get request from web browsers and forward them...