(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,688,910 Bi
Macauley (45) Date of Patent: *Feb. 10,2004
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC ADDRESSING OF DEVICES IN A DEDICATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
(75) Inventor: Daniel Warren Macauley, Fishers, IN (US)
(73) Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp., Basking Ridge, NJ (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term ol this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/501,942
(22) Filed: Feb. 10, 2000
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/119,454, filed on Feb. 10, 1999.
(51) Int. C I. 1101R 3/00
(52) U.S. CI 439/491; 439/49; 439/490;
(58) Field of Search 379/438, 326;
340/540, 815.45, 539; 439/490, 910
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
6,222,908 Bl * 4/2001 Bartolutti et al 379/27
The present invention provides for automatic addressing ol devices on a rack controller bus. As each tracing interlace module in a rack is powered up, the device identifies its electronic serial number (ESN) to the rack controller via the rack controller bus. The ESN includes information identilying the type ol module, and the number ol ports on the module to the rack controller. The rack controller maps the module's ESN to a unique address, which it sends back to the module. In subsequent communications, the module uses this address to identily itself to the rack controller, and the rack controller uses this address to track the location of patch connections to the module. If a module is replaced, the rack controller tracks the replacement using the same address assigned to the original module. Another embodiment of the invention provides for automatic addressing of rack controllers in a cross-connect field wherein a hardware implementation allows each rack controller to automatically determine its relative position on the cross-connect LAN and address itself accordingly. As new rack controllers are added, each rack controller reassigns its address, tracking the relative position of the other rack controllers in the cross-connect field and, hence, maintaining the integrity of its database.
22 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets