Miniature embedded device server is a complete internet server built into an ethernet (RJ-45) jack.
A device embedded with a fully integrated miniature device server can provide the internet data communication capability such that
- The user can access the device setting through a standard internet browser.
- The manufacture can upgrade the system software / firmware of the device via the internet.
- The technical support personnel can do remote configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting, including real-time device performance notification without in-house service visit.
- A dedicated co-processor, if available in the device, can be used to optimize network activities, permitting the host microprocessor to function at maximum efficiency.
For example, if the miniature device server is embedded in every house appliance, one can easily do the following:
- Schedule the recording time of VCR, pay-per-view or video-on-demand programs on the more user friendly internet browser.
- Coordinate the coffee maker and toaster with the alarm clock in the morning.
- Coordinate the air conditioner, water heater, oven, bread maker, and/or rice cooker with his/her office computer that takes effect when he/she checks out from office in the afternoon.
- No need to change clocks between day-light-saving and standard time (in fact, all clocks will be synchronized and always report the accurate time).
- Automatically inform the technician or plumber for maintenance or repair, when needed.
In short, the miniature embedded device server makes devices "network enabled." Once devices are connected to the internet, it is a whole new world.