JP2005301610A - Parameter processor and parameter setting method therefor - Google Patents

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JP2005301610A
JP2005301610A JP2004115928A JP2004115928A JP2005301610A JP 2005301610 A JP2005301610 A JP 2005301610A JP 2004115928 A JP2004115928 A JP 2004115928A JP 2004115928 A JP2004115928 A JP 2004115928A JP 2005301610 A JP2005301610 A JP 2005301610A
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Yuriko Inagawa
Atsuhiro Ito
Eiji Nishi
Noriyuki Tatsuma
Jun Wakamatsu
篤宏 伊藤
由里子 稲川
教之 立間
潤 若松
栄治 西
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a parameter processor capable of simplifying the setting of parameters to a plurality of network devices, and a parameter setting method therefor. <P>SOLUTION: A parameter processor of a first device transmits, on receipt of an address and password of a second device and an address and password of a third device from a client PC, a connection request intended for parameter copy to the second device, transmits an authentication user name and the password of the second device to the second device. The parameter processor transmits, on receipt of a permission of parameter copy, a transmitting parameter to the second device. A communication control part of a parameter processor of the second device sets the transmitting parameter. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2006,JPO&NCIPI

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  The present invention relates to a parameter processing apparatus and a parameter setting method thereof, and more particularly to a parameter processing apparatus and parameter setting method for setting parameters of a plurality of network devices on a network.

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, a network device system in which a plurality of PCs (Personal Computers) and network devices such as printers and scanners are connected via a network such as a LAN (Local Area Network) and the plurality of PCs share these network devices is known. ing.

  In such a network device system, for example, when setting a setting value (hereinafter referred to as a parameter) for an item included in the network device, a network device administrator or the like sets the parameter for the network device one by one. Need to run.

In order to solve the above-described problem, for example, there is a default apparatus, a printer, and a printer configuration providing method for copying a parameter set for an arbitrary network device and setting the other network device (for example, (See Patent Document 1).
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  However, in the technique disclosed in Patent Document 1, in order to set parameters for a plurality of network devices, it is necessary to repeat setting of the same procedure, which is not efficient.

  Furthermore, it is difficult to set only the parameters to be set for a plurality of network devices, and it is also difficult to copy parameters between different models.

  SUMMARY An advantage of some aspects of the invention is to provide a parameter processing apparatus and a parameter setting method thereof that can simplify setting of parameters for a plurality of network devices.

  In order to achieve the above object, the invention of claim 1 is a parameter processing device for processing parameters set in a network device connected to a network, and parameter reading means for reading out the parameters set in the network device; Transmitting means for transmitting parameters read by the parameter reading means to a plurality of network devices connected to the network, receiving means for receiving parameters transmitted from other network devices connected to the network, and the parameter receiving means And parameter setting means for setting the parameter received in the network device.

  The invention according to claim 2 is the invention according to claim 1, wherein the transmitting means obtains permission to transmit the parameter when transmitting the parameter to the plurality of network devices. The authentication information is transmitted, and the parameter is transmitted to the network device that has been permitted to transmit the parameter.

  According to a third aspect of the present invention, in the second aspect of the present invention, when the receiving unit receives the authentication information transmitted from the other network device, the authentication unit performs an authentication process on the received authentication information. If the authentication unit succeeds in the authentication, the parameter is transmitted to the other network device, and if the authentication unit fails in the authentication, the other network device is authenticated. A rejection of transmission of the parameter is transmitted.

  According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, in the first aspect of the present invention, the transmission means obtains permission to set the parameter for each network device when transmitting the parameter to the plurality of network devices. A parameter with authentication information added is transmitted.

  Further, the invention of claim 5 is the invention of claim 4, wherein when the receiving means receives the authentication information and parameters transmitted from the other network device, the authentication processing of the received authentication information is performed. An authentication unit, and when the authentication unit succeeds in authentication, transmits the parameter transmission permission to the other network device. When the authentication unit fails in the authentication, the other network device Refusal of transmission of the parameter is transmitted.

  The invention of claim 6 is the invention of claims 2 and 4, further comprising a web browser included in the information processing apparatus connected to the network and a web server means for performing response processing of web information. The server means transmits a transmission instruction Web page for instructing the Web browser to transmit the parameter, and receives designation of a network device for transmitting the parameter and the authentication information from the Web browser. Features.

  The invention according to claim 7 is the invention according to claim 6, wherein the transmission means recognizes a network device that transmits the parameter based on the designation of the network device, and the authentication information for each recognized network device. Alternatively, a parameter to which the authentication information is added is transmitted.

  The invention of claim 8 is the invention of claim 1, wherein the network device information is acquired from the network device connected to the network, and the information processing apparatus is designated from the acquired network device information. Network device search means for searching for network device information that matches the search conditions.

  The invention according to claim 9 further comprises a web browser having an information processing apparatus connected to the network and web server means for performing web information response processing in the invention according to claim 8, wherein the web server means comprises: A search condition specifying Web page for specifying the search condition is transmitted to the Web browser, the search condition is received from the Web browser, and the network device search means is the search received by the Web server means. It is characterized by searching for network device information that matches the conditions.

  The invention according to claim 10 is the invention according to claim 9, wherein the Web server means transmits a transmission instruction Web page that displays only the information of the network device searched by the network device search means to the Web browser. And receiving the designation and authentication information of the network device that transmits the parameter from the web browser, and the transmission means selects a network device that transmits the parameter based on the designation of the network device received by the web server means. The authentication information or a parameter to which the authentication information is added is transmitted for each recognized network device.

  The invention of claim 11 is the invention of claim 10, wherein the information on the network device includes information on parameters that can be set in the network device, and the Web server means specifies the parameters from the Web browser. The parameter reading means reads only the designated parameter from the parameters set in the network device.

  The invention of claim 12 is characterized in that, in the invention of claim 11, the information of the network device includes information on a parameter common to a parameter set in the network device and information on a non-common parameter. To do.

  The invention of claim 13 is a parameter setting method of a parameter processing apparatus for processing a parameter set in a network device connected to a network, wherein the parameter is transmitted to a plurality of network devices connected to the network. When reading parameters set in the network device, transmitting the read parameters to the plurality of network devices, and receiving parameters transmitted from other network devices connected to the network, the other network devices Receiving the parameter transmitted from the network, and setting the received parameter in the network device.

  Further, in the invention of claim 14, in the invention of claim 13, when transmitting the parameter to the plurality of network devices, authentication information is transmitted for each network device in order to obtain permission to transmit the parameter. The parameter is transmitted to a network device that has been permitted to transmit the parameter.

  Further, the invention of claim 15 is the invention of claim 14, wherein when authentication information transmitted from the other network device is received, authentication processing of the received authentication information is performed, and authentication is performed by the authentication processing. If successful, send permission to send the parameter to the other network device, and if authentication fails due to the authentication process, send a rejection to send the parameter to the other network device. It is characterized by.

  The invention of claim 16 is the invention of claim 13, wherein authentication information is added to each network device in order to obtain permission to set the parameter when transmitting the parameter to the plurality of network devices. The parameter is transmitted.

  The invention of claim 17 is the invention of claim 16, wherein when the authentication information and parameters transmitted from the other network device are received, the received authentication information is authenticated, and the authentication process is performed. When the authentication succeeds, the permission to transmit the parameter is transmitted to the other network device, and when the authentication fails by the authentication process, the transmission of the parameter is rejected to the other network device. It is characterized by transmitting.

  The invention of claim 18 is the invention of claims 14 and 16, wherein a transmission instruction web page for instructing the web browser of the information processing apparatus connected to the network to transmit the parameter is transmitted. And receiving the designation of the network device for transmitting the parameter and the authentication information from the Web browser.

  The invention of claim 19 is the invention of claim 18, wherein the network device transmitting the parameter is recognized based on the designation of the network device, and the authentication information or the authentication information is stored for each recognized network device. The added parameter is transmitted.

  According to a twentieth aspect of the invention, in the thirteenth aspect of the invention, information on the network device is acquired from a network device connected to the network, and the information processing apparatus is designated from the acquired information on the network device. The network device information that matches the search conditions is searched.

  The invention of claim 21 is the invention of claim 20, wherein a search condition specifying Web page for specifying the search condition is transmitted to a Web browser included in an information processing apparatus connected to the network, and the Web Receiving the search condition from the browser, acquiring the network device information from the network device connected to the network, and searching the network device information that matches the search condition from the acquired network device information It is characterized by doing.

  According to a twenty-second aspect of the invention, in the twenty-first aspect of the invention, a transmission instruction web page displaying only the information of the searched network device is transmitted to the web browser, and the parameter from the web browser is set. Receiving the network device designation and authentication information to be transmitted, recognizing the network device transmitting the parameter based on the received network device designation, and adding the authentication information or the authentication information to each recognized network device The transmitted parameter is transmitted.

  The invention of claim 23 is the invention of claim 22, wherein the information on the network device includes information on parameters that can be set in the network device, and the designation of the parameters from the web browser is received. Only the designated parameter is read out from parameters set in the network device.

  The invention of claim 24 is characterized in that, in the invention of claim 23, the information on the network device includes information on a parameter common to a parameter set in the network device and information on a non-common parameter. To do.

  According to the present invention, even when a plurality of network devices are connected to the network, when it is desired to change the parameter setting, it can be applied to other network devices by changing one parameter. There is an effect.

  Further, according to the present invention, it is possible to change only the parameter whose setting is desired to be changed.

  Further, according to the present invention, it is possible to set a common parameter even if the same model is not used.

Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. As an embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of network devices (hereinafter referred to as devices) including a parameter processing apparatus according to the present invention and a client PC ( A configuration in which a personal computer is connected via a network will be described in detail as an example.

  FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating an example of a configuration in which a plurality of devices 1 and a client PC 2 are connected via a network 3.

  As shown in FIG. 1, a plurality of devices (first device, second device, and third device) 1 having a parameter processing device 4 built therein, and the parameter processing device 4 are instructed to copy parameters 5 The client PC 2 is connected via the network 3.

  Here, the parameter processing device 4 performs processing for copying the parameter 5 set in the device 1 and setting it in the other device 1. For example, the parameters set in the first device 1 from the client PC 2 (setting value 1: aaa, setting value 2: bbb, setting value 3: ccc,..., Setting value n: nnn5) are copied to the second device. When instructed to set the first device and the third device 1, the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 sends the parameter processing device 4 of the second device 1 and the parameter processing device 4 of the third device 1 to each other. On the other hand, the parameter 5 set in the first device 1 is copied and transmitted, and the parameter processing device 4 of the second device 1 sets the parameter 5 in the second device 1 and the parameter of the third device 1 The processing device 4 sets the parameter 5 to the third device 1.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating an example of a functional configuration of the parameter processing device 4.

  As shown in FIG. 2, a device (first device, second device, third device) 1 is a device module 6 that performs processing corresponding to the function of each device 1 (for example, in a printer, a print processing unit, a scanner) The image reading processing unit), a parameter storage unit 7 for storing parameters for processing performed by the device module 6, and a parameter processing device 4.

  Here, the functional configuration of the parameter processing device 4 will be described in detail.

  The parameter processing device 4 includes a Web Server unit 9 that performs response processing with the Web browser 8 of the client PC 2, a parameter processing unit 10 that performs read processing and write processing of parameters to the parameter storage unit 7, an authentication unit 11 that performs authentication processing, A device search unit 12 that performs a search process for the device 1 on the network and a communication control unit 13 that performs a control process for data communication such as parameters and authentication information. The communication protocol used in the data communication performed by the communication control unit 13 may be any type such as HTTP, FTP, or LPD used in print data communication.

  Next, functional operations performed by the parameter processing device 4 when copying and setting parameters to a plurality of devices 1 on the network will be described in detail with reference to FIG. A case where the parameters set in the first device 1 are copied and set in the second device 1 and the third device 1 will be described as an example.

  The Web browser 8 of the client PC 2 transmits a parameter copy execution screen request to the first device 1.

  When receiving the request for the parameter copy execution screen from the client PC 2, the Web Server unit 9 of the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 transmits the parameter copy execution screen to the client PC 2.

  When the Web browser 8 of the client PC 2 receives the parameter copy execution screen from the first device 1, it displays the parameter copy execution screen on the display (not shown) and displays the second parameter copy execution screen on the display. When the address and password of the device 1 and the address and password of the third device 1 are input, the Web browser 8 uses the address and password of the second device 1 and the address and password of the third device 1 as the first. Send to device.

  When the Web Server unit 9 of the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 receives the address and password of the second device 1 and the address and password of the third device 1 from the client PC 2, The address and password, the address of the third device 1 and the password are passed to the communication control unit 13, and the authentication unit 11 and the parameter processing unit 10 are notified that an instruction to execute parameter copying has been received. Here, when the authentication unit 11 receives the notification of accepting the instruction to execute parameter copy, the authentication unit 11 creates an authentication user name, passes the created authentication user name to the communication control unit 13, and the parameter processing unit 10 When the notification of accepting the parameter copy execution instruction is received, the parameters set for the first device 1 are read from the parameter storage unit 7, and the transmission parameters are created based on the read parameters. The transmission parameter is passed to the communication control unit 13. The transmission parameter may be text or binary data, and the type is not limited. Further, the transmission parameter may be encrypted.

  When the communication control unit 13 receives the address and password of the second device 1 and the address and password of the third device 1, first, based on the address of the second device 1, a request for connection for the purpose of parameter copying Is transmitted to the second device 1.

  When the communication control unit 13 of the parameter processing device 4 of the second device 1 receives a connection request for parameter copying from the first device 1, it transmits an authentication request to the first device 1.

  When the communication control unit 13 of the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 receives the authentication request from the second device 1, it transmits the authentication user name and the password of the second device 1 to the second device 1. To do.

  When the communication control unit 13 of the parameter processing device 4 of the second device 1 receives the authentication user name and the password of the second device 1 from the first device 1, the received authentication user name and the second device When the authentication unit 11 receives the authentication user name and the password of the second device 1, the authentication unit 11 authenticates the received authentication user name and the password of the second device 1. Here, when the user name for authentication and the password of the second device 1 do not match, the authentication unit 11 notifies the communication control unit 13 that the authentication could not be performed, and the communication control unit 13 receives the notification that the authentication could not be performed. The parameter copy rejection is transmitted to the first device 1. In addition, as the authentication, using BASIC authentication of HTTP and using the sysObjectID of MIB for the user name for authentication, the definition of the ID is different not only for the device manufacturer but also for each model. It becomes possible.

  When the user name for authentication and the password of the second device 1 match, the authentication unit 11 notifies the communication control unit 13 that the authentication has been successful, and when the communication control unit 13 receives the notification that the authentication has been successful, The permission is transmitted to the first device 1.

  When the communication control unit 13 of the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 receives the parameter copy permission from the second device 1, it transmits the transmission parameters to the second device 1.

  When the communication control unit 13 of the parameter processing device 4 of the second device 1 receives the transmission parameter from the first device 1, it passes the received transmission parameter to the parameter processing unit 10, and the parameter processing unit 10 When the parameter is received, the parameter is set in the parameter storage unit 7 based on the received transmission parameter. Note that settings that are common to the parameters of the first device 1 are made as they are, and settings that are not common to the parameters of the first device 1 are not made. For example, if the device is a printer and parameters are copied from a three-tier tray model to a one-tier tray model, only the first-tier parameters are set. Even if the parameters are common, it is possible to set in advance a parameter that does not permit copying.

  When the parameter setting unit 10 completes the parameter setting, the parameter processing unit 10 notifies the communication control unit 13 that the parameter setting has been completed. When the communication control unit 13 receives the parameter setting completion notification, the parameter processing unit 10 completes the parameter setting. Transmit to the first device 1.

  When the communication control unit 13 of the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 receives the completion of parameter setting from the second device 1, a request for connection for the purpose of parameter copying is made based on the address of the third device 1. Is transmitted to the third device 1. Since subsequent responses of the parameter processing device 4 of the first device 1 and the parameter processing device 4 of the third device 1 are the same as those in the above embodiment, detailed description thereof is omitted.

  And the communication control part 13 of the parameter processing apparatus 4 of the 1st device 1 will complete | finish an operation | movement, if the completion of the parameter setting from the 3rd device 1 is received.

  In the above description, the configuration is described in which the authentication user name and password are transmitted and the parameters are transmitted after the authentication is completed. However, a configuration in which the parameters are transmitted together with the authentication user name and password may be applied.

  Next, the procedure of parameter transmission processing performed by the parameter processing device 4 when copying and setting parameters to a plurality of devices 1 on the network will be described with reference to the flowchart shown in FIG.

  When a parameter copy execution screen request is received from the client PC (YES in step S301), the parameter copy execution screen is transmitted to the client PC (step S302). When an address and password are received from the client PC (YES in step S303), An authentication user name and a transmission parameter are created (step S304), and a connection is requested to the parameter processing device of the device at the designated address (step S305).

  If there is an authentication request notification from the device parameter processing device (YES in step S306), the authentication user name and password are transmitted to the device parameter processing device (step S307).

  If there is a parameter copy permission notification from the parameter processing device of the device (YES in step S308), the transmission parameter is transmitted to the device (step S309), and if there is a setting completion notification from the device (YES in step S310), The completion is recorded in the log (step S311), and the process proceeds to step S313.

  If there is no authentication request notification from the device parameter processing device (NO in step S306) or if there is a parameter copy rejection notification from the device parameter processing device (NO in step S308), a failure is recorded in the log (step S312). ), The process proceeds to step S313.

  If there is still a device with the designated address (YES in step S313), the process returns to step S305.

  If there is no parameter processing device for the device at the specified address (NO in step S313), the parameter transmission process is terminated.

  Next, the procedure of parameter reception processing performed by the parameter processing apparatus when setting parameters from the parameter processing apparatus of the destination device to the device will be described with reference to the flowchart shown in FIG.

  When there is a connection request from the parameter processing apparatus of the transmission destination device (YES in step S401), the purpose of the connection is recognized (step S402).

  If the purpose of the connection is parameter copy (YES in step S402), authentication is requested to the parameter processing apparatus of the destination device (step S403), and an authentication user name and password are received as a response (step S404). YES), authentication is performed based on the received authentication user name and password (step S405).

  If the authentication user name and password match (YES in step S406), a copy permission is transmitted to the parameter processing apparatus of the destination device (step S407), and if the transmission parameter is received as a response (YES in step S408). ), Parameter setting is performed (step S409), setting completion is transmitted to the parameter processing apparatus of the transmission destination device (step S410), detailed information is recorded in the log (step S411), and parameter reception processing is terminated. .

  If the purpose of the connection is not parameter copy (NO in step S402), Not Found is transmitted to the parameter processing device of the destination device (step S412), and the parameter reception process is terminated.

  If the authentication user name and password do not match (NO in step S406), a parameter copy rejection is transmitted to the parameter processing device of the destination device (step S413), and the parameter receiving process is terminated.

  Next, the parameter copy execution screen will be described in detail.

  FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an example of a parameter copy execution screen.

  As shown in FIG. 5, the parameter copy execution screen includes an address input field for inputting the address of a device to which a parameter is copied, a password input field for inputting the password of the device, and a copy execution button for instructing execution of parameter copying. It is displayed.

  For example, in order to copy and set the parameters set in the first device shown in FIG. 1 to the second device and the third device, from the Web Server unit of the parameter processing apparatus of the first device to FIG. If the parameter copy execution screen shown is received and displayed, enter the address of the second device (aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd) in the address entry field, enter the password of the second device in the password entry field, Enter the address (eee.fff.ggg.hhh) of the third device in the address input field, and enter the password of the third device in the password input field.

  Then, when the copy execution button is pressed in the state shown in FIG. 5, setting of the parameters set in the first device for the second device and the third device is started. The address may be queued internally, and the next input may be enabled without waiting for completion of setting of all devices.

  The password can be entered for each device, but to simplify the entry of multiple addresses, the password entry on the parameter copy execution screen is omitted and the password of the own machine is used as an alternative. Also good.

  Next, functional operations performed by the parameter processing apparatus when searching for other devices on the network will be described in detail with reference to FIG. A case where the first device searches for another device on the network will be described as an example.

  The Web browser of the client PC transmits a device search execution screen request to the first device.

  When receiving the request for the device search execution screen from the client PC, the Web Server unit of the parameter processing apparatus of the first device transmits the device search execution screen to the client PC.

  When the Web browser of the client PC receives the device search execution screen from the first device, the device search execution screen is displayed on the display (not shown), and the search condition is input to the device search execution screen displayed on the display. Then, the Web browser transmits the search condition to the first device.

  When the Web Server unit of the parameter processing apparatus of the first device receives the search condition from the client PC, it passes the received search condition to the device search unit, and when the device search unit receives the search condition, it searches for a device on the network. When the communication control unit is instructed to execute, and the communication control unit receives the search execution instruction, the communication control unit executes a search for a device on the network. Note that a broadcast search to a designated subnet may be used as a search method, and the type of search method does not matter. Further, it may be identified whether or not a device searched using a protocol such as SNMP, FTP, HTTP, or Telnet is a model capable of copying parameters.

  The communication control unit passes the information about the searched device to the device search unit, and when the device search unit receives the information about the device, it compares the information about the received device with the search condition, and only the information about the device that matches the search condition. When the Web server unit receives the information about the device, the Web server unit transmits a parameter copy execution screen displaying the received information about the device to the client PC.

  When the Web browser of the client PC receives the parameter copy execution screen displaying the information about the device from the first device, the received parameter copy execution screen is displayed on the display.

  Then, from the information on the device displayed on the parameter copy execution screen displayed on the display, the device for executing the parameter copy and the type of the parameter for executing the copy are selected, and the password of the selected device is set. Once entered, the web browser sends the selected device, parameter type and device password to the first device.

  When the Web Server unit of the parameter processing apparatus of the first device receives the selected device, parameter type and device password from the client PC, it passes the received parameter type to the parameter processing unit. When receiving the type of data, only the received parameter type is read from the parameter storage unit, and a transmission parameter is created for each device that performs copying based on the read parameter, and communication control is performed on the created transmission parameter for each device. Pass to the department. Then, the communication control unit makes a connection request to the selected device, and transmits a transmission parameter corresponding to the device.

  Next, a device search process performed by the parameter processing apparatus when searching for another device on the network will be described with reference to the flowchart shown in FIG.

  When the device search execution screen request is received from the client PC (YES in step S601), the device search execution screen is transmitted to the client PC (step S602), and when the search condition is received from the client PC (YES in step S603), the network When the device search is executed (step S604) and information about the device is acquired (YES in step S605), the device information is compared with the search condition (step S606), and the client PC matches the search condition. The parameter copy execution screen displaying only the information regarding is transmitted (step S607), and the device search process is terminated.

  Next, the flowchart shown in FIG. 7 shows the procedure of the parameter creation processing for transmission performed by the parameter processing device when the device for performing the copy from the client PC and the parameter for executing the copy are specified and the copy execution instruction is received. Will be described with reference to FIG.

  When a device for executing copying, a parameter for executing copying, and a password for the device are received from the client PC (YES in step S701), the transmission for each device is performed based on the received device for executing copying and the parameter for executing copying. A parameter is created (step S702), and the transmission parameter creation process is terminated.

  Next, the device search execution screen will be described in detail.

  FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example of a device search execution screen.

  As shown in FIG. 8, on the device search execution screen, there are a search address input field for inputting the upper address of the network to be searched, a search condition specification combo box for specifying a search condition, and a search execution button for instructing execution of a device search. It is displayed.

  For example, the search condition “all” specifies that all devices on the specified network are searched, the search condition “company A product” specifies that only devices manufactured by company A on the specified network are searched, The search condition “Company A product B series” specifies that only the series of the model “B” manufactured by A company on the specified network is searched, and the search condition “A company product B1616” indicates the product of company A on the specified network. To search only the model B1616. In addition to those shown in FIG. 8, for example, it is possible to specify a search condition for each model having a common parameter, for each model having a specific parameter, and the like.

  Next, the parameter copy execution screen that displays only information related to devices that match the search conditions will be described in detail.

  FIG. 9 is a diagram showing an example of a parameter copy execution screen that displays only information related to devices that match the search conditions.

  As shown in FIG. 9, the device address and model name that match the search conditions are displayed on the parameter copy execution screen, a password entry field for entering the password of the displayed device, and execution of parameter copy are selected. A copy execution selection check box and a parameter type selection check box for selecting a parameter type to be copied are displayed.

  For example, no. The device address of “1” is “aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd” and the model name is “A-B1616”, the device address of “No. 2” “eee.fff.ggg.hhh” and the model name is “A-B1616”. B2424], the address “iii.jjj.kkk.lll” of the device No. 3 and the model name “A-B2424”, the address “mmm.nnn.ooo.ppp” of the device No. 4 and The model name is “A-B1616”.

  And No. 1 and No. 1 device. When parameters are set for the second device, as shown in FIG. 9, the password of each device is input in the password input field corresponding to each device, and a check is input in the copy execution selection check box corresponding to each device. .

Furthermore, no. When setting parameters of the types “Syatem”, “PCL”, and “PS” for the device 1, as shown in FIG. Check the “System” check box, the “PCL” check box, and the “PS” check box corresponding to the device No. 1. When setting parameters of the types “Sytem”, “PCL”, and “Net” for the device 2, as shown in FIG. When the copy execution button is pressed in the state shown in FIG. 9, No. 2 is input. 1 and No. 1 device. Setting of parameters for the second device is started.

  In addition, by using MIB etc., information such as device configuration or parameters that can be set is acquired as information about the device, and by displaying these information on the parameter copy execution screen, setting for each device is possible. Parameters can be grasped in advance, and parameters to be set are selected based on these parameters.

  Further, copying need not be limited to parameters, and may be an application such as firmware, for example.

2 is a diagram illustrating an example of a configuration in which a plurality of devices 1 and a client PC 2 are connected via a network 3. FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a functional configuration of a parameter processing device 4. FIG. It is a flowchart which shows the procedure of the parameter transmission process which the parameter processing apparatus 4 performs when copying and setting a parameter to the some device 1 on a network. It is a flowchart which shows the procedure of the parameter reception process which a parameter processing apparatus performs when setting the parameter from the parameter processing apparatus of the transmission destination device to a device. It is a figure which shows an example of a parameter copy execution screen. It is a flowchart which shows the procedure of the device search process which a parameter processing apparatus performs when searching for another device on a network. 10 is a flowchart illustrating a procedure of a transmission parameter creation process performed by a parameter processing apparatus when a device for executing a copy from a client PC and a parameter for executing the copy are specified and an instruction to execute the copy is received. It is a figure which shows an example of a device search execution screen. It is a figure which shows an example of the parameter copy execution screen which displayed only the information regarding the device which matched search conditions.

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1 device 2 client PC
DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 3 Network 4 Parameter processing apparatus 5 Parameter 6 Device module 7 Parameter storage part 8 Web browser 9 Web Serer part 10 Parameter processing part 11 Authentication part 12 Device search part 13 Communication control part

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  1. In a parameter processing apparatus that processes parameters set in a network device connected to a network,
    Parameter reading means for reading out parameters set in the network device;
    Transmitting means for transmitting the parameters read by the parameter reading means to a plurality of network devices connected to the network;
    Receiving means for receiving parameters transmitted from other network devices connected to the network;
    And a parameter setting unit configured to set the parameter received by the parameter receiving unit in the network device.
  2. The transmission means includes
    When transmitting the parameter to the plurality of network devices, in order to obtain permission to transmit the parameter, transmit authentication information for each network device,
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the parameter is transmitted to a network device that has been permitted to transmit the parameter.
  3. An authentication means for performing authentication processing of the received authentication information when the receiving means receives the authentication information transmitted from the other network device;
    If authentication by the authentication means is successful, send permission to send the parameter to the other network device,
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 2, wherein, when authentication by the authentication unit fails, a rejection of transmission of the parameter is transmitted to the other network device.
  4. The transmission means includes
    The parameter processing according to claim 1, wherein when the parameter is transmitted to the plurality of network devices, a parameter added with authentication information is transmitted for each network device in order to obtain permission to set the parameter. apparatus.
  5. An authentication means for performing authentication processing of the received authentication information when the receiving means receives the authentication information and parameters transmitted from the other network device;
    If authentication by the authentication means is successful, send permission to send the parameter to the other network device,
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 4, wherein, when authentication by the authentication unit fails, a rejection of transmission of the parameter is transmitted to the other network device.
  6. A Web browser included in the information processing apparatus connected to the network and Web server means for performing response processing of Web information;
    The web server means
    Transmitting a transmission instruction Web page for instructing the Web browser to transmit the parameter;
    5. The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the network device receives the designation of the network device for transmitting the parameter and the authentication information from the Web browser.
  7. The transmission means includes
    Recognizing a network device that transmits the parameter based on the designation of the network device;
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 6, wherein the authentication information or a parameter to which the authentication information is added is transmitted for each recognized network device.
  8. Network device search for acquiring information on the network device from the network device connected to the network, and searching for information on the network device that matches the search condition specified by the information processing apparatus from the acquired information on the network device The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising: means.
  9. A Web browser included in the information processing apparatus connected to the network and Web server means for performing response processing of Web information;
    The web server means
    Sending a search condition designating web page for designating the search condition to the web browser;
    Receiving the search condition from the web browser;
    The network device search means includes:
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 8, wherein the network device information that matches the search condition received by the Web server unit is searched.
  10. The web server means
    A transmission instruction Web page that displays only the information of the network device searched by the network device search means to the Web browser;
    Receiving network device designation and authentication information for sending the parameters from the web browser;
    The transmission means includes
    Based on the network device designation received by the Web server means, recognize the network device that transmits the parameter,
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 9, wherein the authentication information or a parameter to which the authentication information is added is transmitted for each recognized network device.
  11. The network device information is:
    Including information on parameters configurable on the network device;
    When the web server means receives the parameter designation from the web browser,
    The parameter reading means includes
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 10, wherein only the designated parameter is read out from parameters set in the network device.
  12. The network device information is:
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 11, comprising information related to a parameter common to a parameter set in the network device and a parameter not common to the network device.
  13. In a parameter setting method of a parameter processing apparatus that processes parameters set in a network device connected to a network,
    When sending the parameters to a plurality of network devices connected to the network,
    Read the parameters set in the network device,
    Transmitting the read parameters to the plurality of network devices;
    When receiving parameters sent from other network devices connected to the network,
    Receiving parameters sent from the other network device;
    A parameter setting method for a parameter processing apparatus, wherein the received parameter is set in the network device.
  14. When transmitting the parameter to the plurality of network devices, in order to obtain permission to transmit the parameter, transmit authentication information for each network device,
    The parameter setting method for a parameter processing apparatus according to claim 13, wherein the parameter is transmitted to a network device that has been permitted to transmit the parameter.
  15. When the authentication information transmitted from the other network device is received, the authentication processing of the received authentication information is performed,
    If authentication is successful by the authentication process, send permission to send the parameter to the other network device,
    The parameter setting method of the parameter processing device according to claim 14, wherein, when authentication fails due to the authentication processing, a rejection of transmission of the parameter is transmitted to the other network device.
  16. 14. The parameter processing according to claim 13, wherein when the parameter is transmitted to the plurality of network devices, a parameter added with authentication information is transmitted for each network device in order to obtain permission to set the parameter. apparatus.
  17. When the authentication information and parameters transmitted from the other network device are received, the received authentication information is authenticated,
    If authentication is successful by the authentication process, send permission to send the parameter to the other network device,
    The parameter processing apparatus according to claim 16, wherein, when authentication fails due to the authentication processing, a rejection of transmission of the parameter is transmitted to the other network device.
  18. Transmitting a transmission instruction Web page for instructing transmission of the parameter to a Web browser included in the information processing apparatus connected to the network;
    The parameter setting method of the parameter processing device according to claim 14 or 16, wherein the network device that transmits the parameter from the Web browser and the authentication information are received.
  19. Recognizing a network device that transmits the parameter based on the designation of the network device;
    The parameter setting method of the parameter processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein the authentication information or a parameter to which the authentication information is added is transmitted for each recognized network device.
  20. Obtaining information of the network device from the network device connected to the network;
    The parameter setting method for a parameter processing apparatus according to claim 13, wherein information on a network device that matches a search condition specified by the information processing apparatus is searched from the acquired information on the network device.
  21. Transmitting a search condition specifying Web page for specifying the search condition to a Web browser included in the information processing apparatus connected to the network;
    Receiving the search condition from the web browser;
    Obtaining information of the network device from the network device connected to the network;
    21. The parameter setting method for a parameter processing apparatus according to claim 20, wherein information on a network device that matches the search condition is searched from the acquired information on the network device.
  22. A transmission instruction Web page displaying only the information of the searched network device is transmitted to the Web browser;
    Receiving network device designation and authentication information for sending the parameters from the web browser;
    Recognizing the network device that transmits the parameter based on the received network device designation;
    The parameter setting method of the parameter processing device according to claim 21, wherein the authentication information or a parameter to which the authentication information is added is transmitted for each recognized network device.
  23. The network device information is:
    Including information on parameters configurable on the network device;
    When the specification of the parameter from the web browser is received,
    23. The parameter setting method for a parameter processing apparatus according to claim 22, wherein only the designated parameter is read out from parameters set in the network device.
  24. The network device information is:
    The parameter setting method for a parameter processing apparatus according to claim 23, comprising information on parameters common to the parameters set in the network device and non-common parameters.
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