Packet-based trunking

Abstract
A network communication system includes a packet translator operatively connected between a tributary network port and a trunk network port. A tributary format is communicated through the tributary network ports and includes tributary packets that each include a header field and a data field. An aggregate format is communicated through the trunk network port, and includes a packet that includes an aggregate header field and the data fields.

Inventors:
Turner; R. Brough (Newton Corner, MA), Norris; Harry (Maynard, MA), Rothschild; Julius (Des Plaines, IL)

Order No: 
6,438,137
Patent Date: 
Tue, 08/20/2002