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1. WO1990013871 - COMPUTER CONNECTORS

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CLAIMS

1. A method of inter-connecting a computer and a
peripheral unit each equipped with interface ports, for transferring data therebetween, wherein inter-connection is established by means of two connector plugs on the respective interfacing ports, characterised in that each plug is incorporated in a housing which also accommodates a short range radio transceiver adapted to receive and transmit signals from and to the other to establish a data highway between the computer and the peripheral unit.

2. A method as claimed in claim 1, characterised in that the inter-connection device derives the power required for operation through the pins of the connector plug which cooperate with the interface port of the computer or peripheral unit.

3. A method as claimed in claim 1 , in which the interconnection device incorporates a processor and an
associated configuration memory and the method is further characterised by the additional step of capturing and storing information relating to the configuration and use of the device in the memory.

4. A method as claimed in claim 1, characterised in that each inter-connection device in the transmission mode, splits the data into blocks and for each block a check sum is computed and transmitted after the transmission of each datablock has been completed.

5. An inter-connection device for connecting to the interface ports of computing unit and computer peripheral units therefor, for transferring data therebetween characterised by a housing incorporating a plug for insertion into the interface port and a short range radio transceiver, adapted to receive and transmit signals from and to another such device also plugged into an interface port of another unit to establish a data highway between the two devices and therefore between a computing unit and a peripheral unit into which the two devices are plugged.

6. An inter-connection device as claimed in claim 5, further characterised by an external telescopic antenna having an adjustable mounting to permit the antenna to extend in a chosen orientation relative to the housing of the inter-connecting device.

7. An inter-connection device as claimed in claim 5, characterised in that the transceiver has associated therewith a signal strength indicator for indicating the received radio signal strength.

8. An inter-connection device as claimed in claim 5, characterised in that the housing is in two parts, one part comprising the connector plug and the other part accommodating the transceiver, wherein the two said parts are relatively hingeable to permit the larger part to be hinged from an in-line position in which there is maximum protrusion from a unit into which it is plugged into an L— formation with the major housing part folded substantially flat against the unit housing to thereby reduce the protrusion therefrom.

9. An inter-connection device as claimed in claim 8, wherein the two housing parts are capable of hinging relatively through 180°.

10. A method of inter-connecting a computer and peripheral unit therefor, substantially as herein described with reference to and as shown in the accompanying drawings.

11. Inter-connection devices constructed and adapted to operate substantially as herein described with reference to and as shown in the accompanying drawings.