JP2003223377A - Device control system - Google Patents

Device control system

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JP2003223377A
JP2003223377A JP2002021113A JP2002021113A JP2003223377A JP 2003223377 A JP2003223377 A JP 2003223377A JP 2002021113 A JP2002021113 A JP 2002021113A JP 2002021113 A JP2002021113 A JP 2002021113A JP 2003223377 A JP2003223377 A JP 2003223377A
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Mitsuko Mitani
美都子 三谷
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Sharp Corp
シャープ株式会社
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a device control system for installing an equipment control program judged to be optimal by a user at the time of selecting an equipment control program for controlling certain equipment connected to a network. <P>SOLUTION: In this device control system, host equipment 100 is provided with an equipment control program selection condition storing part 104 for storing a condition for deciding a control host and an equipment control program for guest equipment 120, an equipment control program storing part 105 for a guest for installing and storing a program for controlling the guest equipment from the host side, a device list storing part 108 for storing a device list being the list of equipment identification ID of equipment connected to a network, and a control part 111. The control part communicates with the other host equipment as for the guest equipment to be controlled to update the equipment control program selection condition, and to select the optimal host equipment and equipment control program. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2003,JPO

Description

Description: BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION [0001] 1. Field of the Invention
Device control for controlling a plurality of AV devices connected
For more information about the control system,
Device is connected to the network and the host device has
Through the host device by using the device control program
Device control system operated by the user
You. 2. Description of the Related Art In recent years, a plurality of home appliances have been
Network for sending and receiving audio and image data
Work systems are attracting attention. For example, digital
Monitor video taken with a video camera using a cable
Connect to watch or connect to video and image
And edits to the file.
Was. [0003] For realizing a home AV network,
Standardization was completed as a technology, for example, in January 2000
HAVi (Home Audio / Video Interoperability) Archi
There is a standard specification called tecture. This specification is HAVi
V1.0 Specification Version Overview (1 General 1.1 Sco
household appliances and compilations as described in
Connect one computer to another device
To provide an interface for operating
You. In the HAVi specifications, IEEE (Instit
ute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 13
94 and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commi
ssion) 61883-compliant consumer electronics net
Assumes construction of work. In addition, the outline of the specifications
As in the section, the net realized by HAVi
All users can freely use devices connected to the work
Can be used. In this way, the AV equipment in the home is connected
By building an AV network, users can
You can freely combine and use equipment in remote rooms.
It can be used now. Conventionally, in a network, a certain device
How to install control programs for other devices and
For example, Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 6-30144 discloses a control pair.
The method of uploading from the elephant device is disclosed
Have been. However, this method does not
There was a problem that the program could not be changed. Ma
Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 9-282251 discloses that some devices
Control programs on the network
The system determines the latest and optimal program from
And a method for automatically selecting the information is disclosed. [0005] Further, HAVi Organizati
HAVi Specification formulated by on
1.0 (hereinafter simply referred to as HAVi)
Device Control Module
According to the installation method, the system is registered according to the registered conditions.
System will automatically install. Condition depends on user
Rewriting is possible. [0006] However, this problem
Such as AV equipment connected to a network
The gram selection system has the following problems. You
That is, the control that the system determines to be the latest and optimal
Even if it is a program, it does not match the user's desire
Not exclusively. For example, in the devices described in the above publications
Have not realized a system that reflects the user's wishes.
won. On the other hand, in HAVi, the installation is
The conditions for installation can be set freely by the user.
The number condition must be set, and
By setting such conditions, the control program you want
It is difficult to determine whether it can be installed
When the latest device is connected to the
If the ram version is updated,
There was a problem that it was difficult to register. [0008] The present invention has been made in view of such problems.
Device connected to the network
Select a device control program to control
When selecting, select the one that the user determines to be optimal.
To provide a stallable device control system.
The purpose is. [0009] The present invention also provides a system for determining a user's desire.
New devices and new control programs
Network is immediately provided when
The combination of all devices on the
Devices that can be re-determined according to the user's wishes
It is intended to provide a control system. [0010] A device control system according to the present invention is provided.
The system is composed of one or more hosts connected on a network.
Device control system that includes guest devices and guest devices.
And the host device controls the guest device
Acquire the device control program via the network,
Control the guest device using the device control program.
In the device control system, the host device includes:
Send and receive information from other devices through the network
Communication means for communicating, and a device for controlling the guest device.
Device control program storage device for storing device control programs
Stage, a control host for the guest device and the device control program.
Device control program that stores conditions for determining programs
Gram selection condition storage means, connected to the network.
Enter the device list that is the device identification ID list of the
Device list storage means to remember
The host device communicates with the host
Update the program selection conditions, and select the optimal host device and
Control means for selecting the device control program;
To display various information including the condition of the control program
Indicating means and input means for receiving an input from the user.
It is characterized by having. Furthermore, the host device has its own device knowledge.
Device identification ID storage means for own device for storing another ID
And its own device that stores a program for controlling itself
Device control program storage means for chairs,
Device communicates information from other devices over the network.
Storing communication means for transmitting and receiving and its own device identification ID
Device identification ID storage means for own device and controls itself
Device control program for own device that stores programs for
Gram storage means and a program for controlling itself
Device control program selection condition storage means for determining
May be used. In addition, multiple host devices
The control means of the host device selected as the leader
Communicate with other host devices about the guest device you are trying to
And updates the device control program selection conditions.
There may be. The device control system of the present invention thus configured
Control system has new host devices or
Is negative for the user, even when guest equipment is connected.
Device control for a certain guest device without burdening
Always up-to-date and user-preferred program selection criteria
It becomes possible to reflect the contents. [0013] More preferably, said network
When a device that has not been connected to
The device control program selection conditions corresponding to the device
Read from own device control program selection condition storage means
Or the host device obtained from outside the system
Registered in the storage device control program selection condition storage means.
You may. More preferably, the device control program
The gram selection condition storage means is a newly added registered device.
Control program selection conditions and existing device control program selection
Selection conditions and priority given by user
And the device control program selection condition storage means
If there is no more area,
They may be deleted in order. More preferably
Means that the device list storage means has previously
Device ID of device that has been connected to the work
May be stored. [0015] Further, as a preferable specific embodiment,
The device control program selection conditions are the same as those for the guest device.
Hope that one manufacturer's host device becomes the control host
Whether to perform or not, device identification ID to specify the host device
Or the device control program is stored
It is a place specification. Further, the host device is a HAVi
A control device with a controller function that conforms to the standard.
You may. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
Embodiment of a preferred device control system of the invention
This will be described in detail. FIG. 1 shows a device according to an embodiment of the present invention.
Host device and guest device to which the chair control system is applied
FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing the hardware configuration of the device, and FIG.
A block showing the network configuration of the host device and guest device.
It is a lock figure. Device control system according to the present embodiment
System is a network system such as digital
Equipped with digital broadcast reception function that can receive broadcast radio waves
It can be applied to a television receiver. 1 and 2, reference numeral 100 denotes a host machine.
Device, 120 is the guest device, 130 is the host device 100
This is a network to which the guest device 120 is connected. E
The host device 100 is a professional device that controls the guest device 120.
Have a guest machine using the program
The container 120 can be operated. The host device 100 has a network reset
Network monitoring unit 101 that detects
Communication unit 102 (communication means), message transmission unit 103 (communication
Communication means), device control program selection condition storage unit 104
(Equipment control program selection condition storage means), Guest machine
Device control program storage unit 105 (device control program
Storage device), own device device ID storage unit 106 (self
Device device ID storage means), own device device
Control program storage unit 107 (device control program for own device)
Program storage means), the device list storage unit 108 (data
Display device 109 (display device)
Stage), input unit 110 (input means), and each of the above components
And a control unit 111 (control means) for controlling
You. The message receiving unit 102 is a network
Receive messages from other devices through 130
In addition, the message transmitting unit 103
To send messages to other devices. Message
The message receiving unit 102 and the message transmitting unit 103
Work 130 with other host devices and guest devices
A communication device that exchanges data
And even the wireless interface is connected to the cable
Alternatively, a wired interface may be used. Device control program selection condition storage unit 104
Indicates that the host device has a device control program for the guest device.
The device ID of the guest and the corresponding
ID of the corresponding device control program and
Function to be stored. Guest device control program storage unit 105
Is a program for controlling guest devices from the host side.
Install and memorize the system. The device identification ID storage unit 106 for the own device
Stores its own device identification ID. Device for own device
The control program storage unit 107 is used to control itself.
Store the program. Device list storage unit 108
Is the device identification ID of the device connected to the network
The device list 108A, which is a list, is stored. The display device 109 is provided for the user.
CR that displays user interface and application
This is a display device including a T, an LCD, and the like. Input unit 110
Is a key that performs an input operation that accepts input from the user
Consists of a board and a pointing device such as a mouse
An input device, such as a touch panel or keyboard
Keys and jog dials for mobile phones.
This is a function to input data to the terminal. The control unit 111 includes a CPU
It controls the entire apparatus including execution of the program selection process.
The CPU includes ROM, RAM, and electrically rewritable
EEPROM (electrically era) which is a non-volatile memory
sable programmable ROM) and Flash ROM.
Program, communication control data, terminal identification code, etc.
Are stored. In particular, the control unit 111
Communicate with other host devices regarding the guest device
To update the device control program selection conditions,
Host device and a control to select the device control program.
I will do it. On the other hand, the guest device 120
Communication unit 121 (communication means), message transmission unit 122 (communication
Communication means), for own device that stores its own device identification ID
Device ID storage unit 123 (device ID for own device)
Storage means) for storing a program for controlling itself
Own device device control program storage unit 124 (own device
Device control program storage means for vice)
Device control program that determines the program to be used
Condition storage unit 125 (device control program selection condition storage
), And a control unit 126 for controlling each of the above components.
It is composed. The message receiving section 121 is a network
Receiving a message from another device through 130,
The message transmitting unit 122 communicates through the network 130
To send messages to other devices. Message received
The unit 121 and the message transmitting unit 122
130 Other host devices and guest devices and data
Communication device that performs
Is connected to the cable via the wireless interface.
A line interface may be used. The guest device 120 of the present embodiment is a device
One or more hosts by using the control program
The device is operated by the user through the device. The guests
A plurality of devices 120 are connected as shown in FIG.
A guest device in a network environment
When controlling via a host device, the network
Device control for the guest device in the host device above
Present the function of the program to the user. The network 130 is connected to the host
The device 100 and the guest device 120 can be connected to any
Number, connected. The network 130 includes a plurality of hosts.
Ethernet connecting between the remote device 100 and the guest device 120
-A general term for data communication means such as Ethernet
Concept. In addition, the access times of the network 130
Lines include FTTH (Fiber To The Home), HFC
(Hybrid Fiber Coax) and ADS
Large capacity such as L (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)
Line is available. FIG. 3 shows that the host device 100 has its own device.
List of guest device control programs stored in the
It is a figure showing the composition of the information table shown. Equipment control pro
The program selection condition storage unit 104 stores the device control program shown in FIG.
The program information table is stored and the
The device identification ID "ID g1, ID g2, ..., ID gn"
Host devices from the same manufacturer as the corresponding guest devices
"Yes, N"
o,-(undecided) ", the host device desired as the control host
Is specified, the device ID “ID
h1, ID h2, etc. ”, the desired device control program
"ID h1, ID g2, ..., URL where
Designation etc. "is stored. Of the desired device control program
As a storage location, a guest device system of the host device 100 is used.
The control program storage unit 105 and the own device of the guest device
Device control program storage unit 124 or external U
An RL (Uniform Resource Locators) or the like is conceivable. As described above, the host device 100
Has a program that controls the
Operating the guest device 120 using the program
Can be. In the present embodiment, the host device 100
Is a TV with a display or a TV with a built-in tuner
And the guest device 120 is applied to a VTR.
be able to. In the above case, the host device 100
The operation of the VTR that is the guest device 120 is displayed on the display of
Display the action screen ("play", "stop", etc.). You
The user uses a TV remote control to move the cursor and
Operate the VTR that is the guest device 120 with the enter key
it can. That is, the user is directly operating the VTR
Instead of sending TV operation commands to the TV
The TV that receives it specifies the VTR control program.
Operate using. Thereby, apart from TV, for example,
Use a VTR in another room to play programs, etc.
And become possible. FIG. 4 shows that the host device 100
Network, which has been stored in the
Device identification I of all devices connected to the network
FIG. 9 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information table showing a list of D. The device list storage unit 108 is shown in FIG.
Host device list information table
For each device identification ID of the device,
Device identification I of all devices that have been connected to
D “ID1, ID2,..., IDn” are stored. Hereinafter, the device system configured as described above will be described.
The operation of the control system will be described. The network of the host device 100
The network monitoring unit 101 detects a network reset
Then, the control unit 111 of the host device 100 is notified.
If there are multiple host devices, one of them is the reader
To be elected. The leader election method is HAVi Sp
election, leader of DCMM
Follow the exit method. The host device selected as the leader is
Equipment for guest equipment connected to the network
Manage installation of control programs. FIG. 5 shows the state immediately after a network reset occurs.
Later, to explain the processing of the host device that is the leader
Is a flowchart showing the algorithm of the host machine.
Network monitor detects network reset
The flow at the time of performing is shown. In the figure, S is each step of the flow
Is shown. First, in step S1, the network monitoring unit
101 detects a network reset and proceeds to step S2
Check if there are any unknown devices. concrete
First, the control unit 111 of the host device, which is the reader,
On the network through the message transmission unit 103
Collect the device IDs of all devices and have them
Device identification stored in device list storage unit 108
The ID is compared with the device list 108A one by one. This
In the device list storage unit 108, as shown in FIG.
Everything that was previously connected to the network
Is stored. The device identification ID not in this device list is
If found, in step S3 this unknown device is
The device is a guest device or a guest device. Unknown equipment
To distinguish between host device and guest device, device identification I
What is necessary is just to make it distinguishable with D. If the unknown device is a host device,
Device control program selection for guest devices on the network
If you do not make any changes to the conditions, the newly connected
Host device as a control host for any guest device
There is a possibility that it cannot be selected. Therefore, first, step S4
In the device control program selection condition storage of this host device
104 shows all the guests on the network 130
Whether the conditions for selecting the device control program for the device are complete
Find out. All guest devices on network 130
The device control program selection conditions for
Finishes this flow and leaves each guest's control host
Make a selection. However, in practice, all the products on the market
The device control program selection conditions for all guest devices
Network 1
Only a few are needed on the 30 and most
The device control program selection condition is a waste of memory.
I will. Therefore, it is not registered in the host device in advance.
The equipment control program selection conditions specified in the
Limited to guest devices and guest devices made by the same manufacturer
It is thought that it is often done. Therefore, the host device
The manufacturer manufactures a device control program for existing guest devices.
Such as posting the gram selection conditions on their WWW site
By means of all equipment control program selection condition information.
Publish information. In the above step S4, on the network 130
Device control program selection conditions for all guest devices
If not, the user displays in step S5.
Those device control programs displayed on the device 109
Device control that meets your needs from the
Select program selection conditions and download to host device
Then, the flow ends. By the way, in step S4,
Device control program selection conditions for all guest devices
These device control programs, even if
Table of the host for which the user is the leader
Check through the display device 108 and
If appropriate, control the appropriate devices from outside the network as described above.
You can download program selection conditions or enter
Some of the conditions for selecting the device control program are
Or you may rewrite everything. In step S3, an unknown device is
If it is a guest device, this unknown device is
Host device on the network 130
Check for the presence of the device. That is, unknown devices
If it is a host device, first, the host that became the leader
The device commands all host devices on the network to control each device.
A search of the program selection condition storage unit 104 is performed, and a new
Device control program selection condition for guest device exists
Find out if. Device control program selection conditions exist
If this is the case, this flow is terminated and the control host of each guest is
Proceed to selection. In step S6, the unknown guest device
Device control program selection condition is on network 130
If not present on any host, this guest device itself
Embedded device control program selection conditions for itself
Whether or not it is a problem,
Does the intelligent guest device itself have its own selection conditions?
Find out. Device control program selection conditions in the guest device
If not embedded, the same as step S5 above
In addition, the manufacturer that manufactures the guest equipment
Using the WWW site etc.
And publish. Selection condition for unknown guest device itself
If not, the user proceeds to step S8 to display the data.
Device control programs displayed on the device 109
From the selection condition information, select the device control
Select the program selection condition and download to any of the host devices.
And the device control program selection condition storage unit 104
And end this flow. Unknown guest equipment itself
Have their own selection conditions, here guest equipment
Device control program selection conditions for itself are embedded in
In step S9, if each host device is a guest device
Read the device control program selection conditions in the
Registered in own device control program selection condition storage unit 104
To end this flow. Here, this device control program
Host device for which the user is a leader
Confirmed through the display device 109 of
If necessary, use appropriate equipment from outside the network as described above.
Control program selection conditions can be downloaded or entered.
One of the conditions for selecting the device control program
A part or all may be rewritten. In this embodiment, any of the above
Even if the device control program of the host device is selected
The condition storage unit 104 stores a new guest device.
Even after registering the device control program selection conditions,
The device control program selection conditions are left. Like this
If the user returns to the old device control program selection conditions,
You can easily change it if you want to. Furthermore, new
When registering the device control program selection conditions,
Prioritize users through vise 109
Request. The user can increase the priority through the input unit 110.
If recorded, the device control program selection condition storage unit 10
If the memory of No. 4 becomes full, the device control with lower priority
It is also possible to automatically delete the program selection conditions.
is there. An equipment control program related to a certain device is also provided.
If the gram selection condition actually exists on the network
Even if the user changes the device control program selection conditions
New equipment control program selection conditions
Can be obtained from inside or outside the workplace, or
The user selects an equipment control program using an input device, etc.
Some or all of the selection conditions may be rewritten. By executing the above flow, the net
Device control program selection for all devices on the work
When the selection conditions are met, the control host that controls each guest device
Proceed to the selection procedure. The host device, which is the leader,
Device control programs for other host devices
Excellent for a certain guest device in the selection condition storage unit 104
Send messages to provide the highest priority condition
Request through unit 103. Each host device is a leader
Provide the corresponding device control program selection conditions in response to the request.
The leaders gathered the equipment control program selection conditions
To determine the optimal host device. The contents of the equipment control program selection conditions are shown in FIG.
As shown in 3, the host machine manufactured by the same manufacturer as the guest device
Whether the device wishes to become the control host
To specify the desired host device as the host,
Specify the device identification ID of the
For example, specifying the location where the control program is stored.
The storage location of the desired device control program is
Device control program storage unit 10 for guest device 100
5 and the device control program for the own device of the guest device
The storage unit 124 or an external URL may be used. Ingredient
The physical control host selection procedure is HAVi Specif
Follow the method in the ication. If the result is
If it does not meet your wishes,
After changing the priority of the
You only need to do a reset. As described above, the device control of this embodiment
The host system 100 controls the network reset.
Network monitoring unit 101 for detecting packets
Receiver 102, message transmitter 103, for guest equipment
For determining the control host and equipment control program
Device control program selection condition storage unit 10 for storing the results
4. A program for controlling the guest device from the host side
Device control program for installing and storing programs
RAM storage unit 105, device identification ID storage unit for own device 1
06, own device device control program storage unit 107,
A list of device IDs of devices connected to the network.
Device list storage unit 10 for storing a device list to be stored
8, display device 109, input unit 110, and control unit 1
11 and the control unit 111 controls the guest to be controlled.
The device communicates with other host devices for the device control program.
Update the RAM selection condition, and select the optimal host device and the device.
Since the control is performed to select the control program,
Among the multiple host devices, the one selected as the leader is
A table held by another host device for a certain guest device
Information from your own table, compare it with your own table,
You can select a strike device. As a result, in the conventional example, the system
Even if the control program is determined to be optimal,
In some cases, this did not match the user's wishes.
In the configuration, the selection condition of the host device is
By reflecting the state of the work and the user's wishes,
To make the most favorable decisions for
Thus, the operability of the user can be improved. The device control according to the above embodiment
Convert your system to HAVi compliant devices as described above
Although it can be applied, any device may be applied.
We have also described multiple host devices and guest devices.
However, more or less devices are connected to the network 1
30 may be connected. Also controlled by the device control system
Any device may be used. In addition, recording equipment
The type of device and recording method are not limited, and are applicable to all devices
It is possible. For example, as a CS tuner or a recording device
In addition to VTR (Video Tape Recorder), HDD and
Even those recorded on DVD (Digital Versatile Disc)
Good. Furthermore, each of the devices constituting the device control system
A circuit unit, for example, a type of a message transmitting / receiving unit, a storage unit,
The number and connection method are not limited to the above-described embodiment.
No. The device control system described above is
To make the device control system function
But it is realized. This program is read on a computer
It is stored in a removable recording medium. In the present invention,
The main memory itself is a program
It may be a media, or it may be used as an external storage device.
A program reading device is provided, in which a recording medium is inserted.
Program media that can be read by inserting
You may. In either case, the stored
The program is configured to be accessed and executed by the CPU.
Or read the program in either case.
The read and read program is a program (not shown).
Downloaded to the program storage area and
The method in which the ram is executed may be used. This download
The program for the software is stored in the main unit in advance.
And Here, the program medium is a main body.
It is a recording medium that is configured to be separable from
Tape system such as cassette tape, floppy (registered trademark)
Magnetic disk and CD-R such as disk and hard disk
Optical disk such as OM / MO / MD / DVD
System, card system such as IC card / optical card, or
ROM, EPROM, EEPROM, Flash RO
Fixed program including semiconductor memory by M etc.
It may be a carrying medium. Further, although not shown, external communication
If you have a means to connect to the network
From the communication network via the communication connection means.
Program as if downloading a program
The medium may carry a medium. Please note that
When downloading a program from the communication network
In advance, the download program is stored in the main unit in advance.
Store it or install it from another recording medium.
May be used. In addition, it is stored in the recording medium.
The contents are not limited to programs,
It may be. As described in detail above, according to the present invention,
Host machine that can be a control host for a certain guest device
Devices and device control programs exist on the network
And select one of them, all devices
Select the relevant device control program selection conditions
Update according to the device connection status and the user's request.
Therefore, the control host and device desired by the user for the guest device
Device control program can be selected. Also, the connection to the network
If a device that does not
Select the device control program selection conditions for the device
Unknown equipment by obtaining it from itself or from outside
Already connected to the network, even if
The device control program is the same as other devices connected to the workpiece.
Preparing system selection conditions and instantly playing roles on the network
It will be possible to decide. Also, a new device control program selection condition
When registering the
With the priority given by the user.
Therefore, the user can always select the equipment control program selection conditions.
It can be changed. Device control program
If there is no more free space in the selection condition storage,
Automatically asks the user for confirmation, and automatically
Can be deleted.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a hardware configuration of a host device and a guest device to which a device control system according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied. FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a network configuration of a host device and a guest device of the device control system according to the present embodiment. FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating a configuration of an information table showing a list of guest device control programs held in the host device of the device control system according to the present embodiment; FIG. 4 is a table showing a list of device identification IDs of all devices that have been connected to the network and are stored in the device list storage unit of the host device of the device control system according to the embodiment. It is a figure showing composition of a table. FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating an algorithm for explaining processing of a host device serving as a reader immediately after a network reset of the device control system according to the present embodiment occurs. [Description of Signs] 100 Host device 101 Network monitoring unit 102 Message receiving unit (communication unit) 103 Message transmitting unit (communication unit) 104, 125 Device control program selection condition storage unit (Device control program selection condition storage unit) 105 Guest Device control program storage unit (device control program storage unit) 106, 123 Own device device ID storage unit (own device device ID storage unit) 107, 124 Own device device control program storage unit (own device device control) Program storage unit) 108 Device list storage unit (device list storage unit) 109 Display device (display unit) 110 Input unit (input unit) 111, 126 Control unit (control unit) 120 Guest device 121 Message receiving unit (communication unit) 122 Message Transmitting unit (communication unit) 130 Network

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  1. Claims 1. A device control system including one or a plurality of host devices connected to a network and a guest device, wherein the host device is a device control program for controlling the guest device. Via a network, and controlling the corresponding guest device by using the device control program, wherein the host device transmits and receives information from another device through the network, Device control program storage means for storing a device control program for controlling a guest device, device control program selection condition storage means for storing a control host for the guest device and a condition for determining the device control program, A device list that is a list of device identification IDs of devices connected to the network. A device list storage unit for storing a list of devices, a control unit for communicating with another host device for a guest device to be controlled, updating the device control program selection condition, and selecting an optimum host device and the device control program. A device control system comprising: display means for displaying various information including the device control program selection condition; and input means for receiving an input from a user. 2. The device according to claim 1, wherein the host device stores its own device identification ID.
    D storage means; and self-device device control program storage means for storing a program for controlling itself. The guest device comprises: communication means for transmitting and receiving information from another device via a network; and own device. Device identification I for own device storing identification ID
    D storage means; self-device device control program storage means for storing a program for controlling itself; and device control program selection condition storage means for determining a program for controlling itself. The device control system according to claim 1. 3. A control device of a host device selected as a leader among a plurality of host devices communicates with another host device regarding a guest device to be controlled and updates the device control program selection condition. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein: 4. When a device that has not been connected to the network is newly connected, a device control program selection condition corresponding to the device is read from the device control program selection condition storage means of the device itself, or 2. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein the device control system is obtained from outside and registered in a device control program selection condition storage unit of the host device. 5. The device control program selection condition storage means stores a newly added device control program selection condition and an existing device control program selection condition together with a priority assigned by a user. 2. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein when there is no more free space in the program selection condition storage means, the priority is deleted in ascending order of priority. 6. The apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the device list storage unit stores a device identification ID of a device that has been connected to the network before.
    A device control system as described. 7. The device control program selection condition includes a designation as to whether a host device made by the same maker as the guest device is desired to be a control host, a designation of a device identification ID for designating the host device, or 2. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein the location of the device control program is designated. 8. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein the host device is a control device having a controller function conforming to the HAVi standard.
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