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1. US20140032734 - IP-address distribution system utilizing a plurality of switching devices grouped into two or more groups

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Claims

1. An IP-address distribution system comprising:
a network formed by a plurality of switching devices; and
a plurality of IP-address distribution devices connected to the network, wherein the switching devices are grouped into two or more groups, wherein at least one of the IP-address distribution devices is connected to a sub-network, which is a network formed by switching devices in a same group, and
a switching device, among the switching devices, having a physical port connected to another switching device in another group is configured to interrupt, at the physical port, an IP-address request signal, transmitted to the plurality of IP-address distribution devices from a terminal included in a first group that requests allocation of an IP address from the plurality of IP-address distribution devices, wherein the interruption includes blocking passage of the IP-address request signal between a logical port of a first switching device in the first group and a logical port of a second switching device in a second group and preventing the IP-address request signal from reaching at least one of the plurality of IP-address distribution devices which is connected to a sub-network of the second group that is different from the first group.
2. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein the switching device further interrupts, at the physical port, an IP-address distribution signal transmitted from the at least one IP-address distribution device connected to the sub-network to the terminal in response to the IP-address request signal.
3. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein one IP-address distribution device is connected to each sub-network.
4. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein when two or more IP-address distribution devices are connected to a same sub-network, upon reception of an IP-address request signal transmitted from a same source terminal, the two or more IP-address distribution devices connected to the same sub-network distribute IP addresses different from each other.
5. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein when two or more IP-address distribution devices are connected to a same sub-network, each of the two or more IP-address distribution devices connected to the same sub-network manages a same IP address, shares information on allocation status of each IP address with another IP-address distribution device, and upon reception of an IP-address request signal transmitted from a same source terminal, distributes the same IP address.
6. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein
the IP-address request signal includes device type information on a source terminal, and
the IP-address distribution devices distribute an IP address in a different range for each device type.
7. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein the network is a network constructed in a train.
8. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 7, wherein switching devices installed in a same vehicle are grouped into a same group.
9. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein the switching devices are Ethernet switches.
10. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein:
the IP-address request signal is associated with a first logical port identifier, and
the interruption includes blocking signals associated with the first logical port identifier.
11. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 10, wherein:
one or more of the plurality of IP-address distribution devices is configured to transmit an IP-address distribution signal assigning an IP address to the terminal, the IP address distribution signal being associated with a second logical port identifier, and
the interruption includes blocking signals associated with the first logical port identifier and signals associated with the second logical port identifier.
12. The IP-address distribution system according to claim 1, wherein:
one or more of the plurality of IP-address distribution devices is configured to transmit an IP-address distribution signal assigning an IP address to the terminal, the IP address distribution signal being associated with a first logical port identifier, and
the interruption includes blocking signals associated with the first logical port identifier.