JP4260842B2 - Information terminal device, electronic conference system, communication setting method, and communication setting program - Google Patents

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JP4260842B2
JP4260842B2 JP2006531556A JP2006531556A JP4260842B2 JP 4260842 B2 JP4260842 B2 JP 4260842B2 JP 2006531556 A JP2006531556 A JP 2006531556A JP 2006531556 A JP2006531556 A JP 2006531556A JP 4260842 B2 JP4260842 B2 JP 4260842B2
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Description

  The present invention relates to an electronic conference system using a wireless LAN (Local Area Network).

  An electronic conference system using a wireless LAN is disclosed in Patent Document 1 (Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2004-21501 (published on January 22, 2004)).

  An electronic conference system disclosed in Patent Document 1 includes a plurality of information terminals (PCs) including notebook personal computers, a wireless LAN access point (wireless LAN AP) installed in a conference room, a server computer, and the like. The conference room management server is configured by a conference organizer or the like when a conference room reservation date and time is registered by a conference organizer or the like. The value of the wireless LAN connection parameter is determined, and when the reservation time comes, the value of the wireless LAN connection parameter is changed to the value determined at the time of reservation.

  However, in general, when communication is performed using a wireless LAN system, it is necessary to perform communication settings in advance. The same applies to the electronic conference system disclosed in Patent Document 1 described above, and the first communication cannot be performed unless the wireless LAN communication setting between the server and the notebook PC has been made in advance. For this reason, in a conference in which another department participates, that is, a conference in which participants are added, it is necessary to make it possible to connect the communication settings of the notebook PC to the server once.

  Therefore, in the conventional electronic conference system using a wireless LAN, there is a problem that it is not easy to add participants to the conference, and that it is not possible to respond flexibly, such as being unable to respond quickly even when a sudden conference is held. .

  The present invention has been made in view of the above-described problems, and an object of the present invention is to provide an electronic conference system that can easily add a participant to an electronic conference and can flexibly cope with it.

  In order to achieve the above object, an information terminal device according to the present invention is an information terminal device used by each conference participant in an electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network). First communication means for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference via a public line, second communication means for communicating using the wireless LAN in the electronic conference, and the first communication means. And a connection setting unit configured to perform setting for wireless LAN connection used in the second communication unit based on the received setting information.

  According to the above configuration, the connection setting unit performs the setting for the wireless LAN connection used in the second communication unit based on the setting information received by the first communication unit. The initial setting will be performed automatically.

  In addition, since the first communication means is notified of setting information for wireless LAN connection via a public line, if it is an information terminal device that can be specified by a public line, participation in an electronic conference is facilitated. .

  In this way, if the information terminal device can be identified by a public line, it is possible to notify the setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference to be held at any time. For example, when an electronic conference is held suddenly Even so, it is possible to respond quickly.

  Therefore, if the information terminal device having the above-described configuration is used, it is possible to provide an electronic conference system that facilitates addition of participants to the electronic conference and can respond flexibly.

  In order to achieve the above object, an electronic conference system of the present invention includes a conference management server that manages a conference, and a plurality of information terminal devices that are connected to the conference management server via a wireless LAN (local area network). In the electronic conferencing system, the information terminal device includes first communication means for receiving the setting information for wireless LAN connection from the conference management server via a public line, and first communication means for communicating with the conference management server via the wireless LAN. 2 communication means, and connection setting means for performing setting for wireless LAN connection in the second communication means based on setting information for wireless LAN connection received by the first communication means. Yes.

  According to said structure, there exists an effect that the addition of the participant to an electronic conference can be made easy and the electronic conference system which can respond flexibly can be provided.

  In order to achieve the above object, the communication setting method of the present invention is a communication setting method for an information terminal device used by each conference participant in an electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network). The wireless LAN connection setting information used in the electronic conference is received, and the wireless LAN connection setting used in the electronic conference is set for the information terminal device based on the received setting information.

  According to said structure, there exists an effect that the addition of the participant to an electronic conference can be made easy and the electronic conference system which can respond flexibly can be provided.

  In order to achieve the above object, the communication setting program of the present invention is a communication setting program for an information terminal device used by each conference participant in an electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network). A procedure for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference and a procedure for performing setting for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference for the information terminal device based on the received setting information It may be a communication setting program to be executed.

  According to the above configuration, by causing a computer to execute a program, it is possible to easily add an participant to an electronic conference by using a general-purpose computer, and easily realize an electronic conference system that can be flexibly handled. There is an effect that can be.

  Other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be fully understood from the following description. The benefits of the present invention will become apparent from the following description with reference to the accompanying drawings.

It is a block diagram which shows the outline | summary of the electronic conference system concerning this Embodiment. It is a figure which shows the specific example of the electronic conference system shown in FIG. It is a functional block diagram of the conference system shown in FIG. It is a functional block diagram of the mobile phone shown in FIG. It is a functional block diagram of the notebook PC shown in FIG. It is a sequence diagram which shows the flow of the communication process in the electronic conference system shown in FIG. It is a figure which shows the example of a display screen at the time of the communication process in a conference system. It is a figure which shows the example of a display screen at the time of the communication process in a conference system. It is a figure which shows the example of a display screen at the time of the communication process in a conference system. It is a sequence diagram which shows the flow of a process when the notebook PC is not started. It is a sequence diagram which shows the flow of the setting information output process of a mobile telephone. It is a functional block diagram which shows the other structure of a conference system. It is a flowchart which shows the flow of the selection process of a radio system. It is a sequence diagram which shows the flow of the other communication processing of this electronic conference system. It is a sequence diagram which shows the flow of other communication processing of this electronic conference system. It is a sequence diagram which shows the flow of other communication processing of this electronic conference system.

  An embodiment of the present invention will be described as follows.

  As shown in FIG. 1, the electronic conference system according to the present embodiment includes a conference system (conference management server) 101 as a server computer, and client computers connected to the conference system 101 via a public line 102. It comprises a plurality of information terminals (information terminal devices) 103. The information terminal 103 is connected to the conference system 101 via a wireless LAN (local area network). In FIG. 1, a solid line indicates a wired signal flow, and a broken line indicates a wireless signal flow.

  The information terminal 103 includes a mobile phone (first communication means, second communication means, second information terminal) 201 and a notebook PC (second communication means, first information terminal) 301 that are brought by a conference participant. It is included.

  The mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301 are connected by a wireless LAN, and necessary information (such as wireless LAN setting information to be described later) is transmitted from the mobile phone 201 to the notebook PC 301.

  The notebook PC 301 of each information terminal 103 is connected to the conference system 101 via a wireless LAN, thereby accessing a database in the conference system 101 to obtain necessary information. Based on the obtained information, the conference participant who brought the information terminal 103 performs an electronic conference.

  The mobile phone 201 is notified of the initial setting information of the wireless LAN from the conference system 101 via the public line 102 in accordance with an instruction from the reception device 114. This initial setting information is information limited to the electronic conference to be held. Then, the wireless LAN initial setting information notified to the mobile phone 201 is transmitted to the notebook PC 301 in the information terminal 103 through the wireless LAN. The notebook PC 301 that has received the initial setting information performs the initial setting of the wireless LAN for exchanging with the conference system 101. Details of the above processing flow will be described later.

  When the electronic conferencing system having the above configuration is embodied, for example, a configuration as shown in FIG. 2 is obtained.

  In FIG. 2, the reception device 114 is a device that receives conference participants, and includes, for example, an operation panel such as a touch panel. A signal from the reception device 114, that is, a signal confirming reception of the conference participant is transmitted to the conference system 101 described above.

  The conference system 101 is connected to a notebook PC 107 operated by an administrator 105 who manages the electronic conference. A signal for confirming reception of the conference participant is transmitted from the conference system 101 to the notebook PC 107.

  In addition, the conference system 101 is provided with a wireless LAN antenna 115, and a wireless LAN system is constructed with the notebook PC 301 of the information terminal 103 in the conference room. This wireless LAN setting information is valid only during the period of the electronic conference.

  Further, the conference system 101 is connected to the public line 102 and is configured to notify the conference participants of the wireless LAN setting information in response to an instruction from the administrator 105. At this time, wireless LAN setting information is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 of the information terminal 103 carried by the conference participant. The wireless LAN setting information is transmitted from the mobile phone 201 to the notebook PC 301 in the information terminal 103. The transmission method at this time is performed by a wireless LAN system constructed between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301, but is not limited to this.

  Note that the administrator 105 instructs the conference system 101 to notify the conference participants of the wireless LAN setting information for the electronic conference by operating the notebook PC 107.

  As described above, the administrator 105 may start the setting of the wireless LAN for the notebook PC 301 brought by the conference participant by operating the notebook PC 107. However, the present invention is not limited to this. You may perform automatically at the time of 114 reception confirmation. In this case, if communication is started between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301 after the notebook PC 301 is started up, the wireless LAN setting information for the conference is immediately transmitted via the mobile phone 201 to the notebook. It is transmitted to the PC 301. On the notebook PC 107 of the administrator 105 at this time, a display such as Try or Wait is displayed on the connection (state) display part to notify the administrator 105 that the wireless LAN setting information is in a transmission state. Specifically, the mobile phone 201 may send a signal during connection Try to the conference system 101 via the public line 102, or the conference system 101 itself takes notes to the notebook PC 107 of the administrator 105. A signal during connection Try may be output until the PC 301 is connected.

  Here, the outline | summary of the conference system 101 and the information terminal 103 which comprise this electronic conference system is demonstrated below.

  For example, as shown in FIG. 3, the conference system 101 includes a display device 111, an operation input device 112, a setting determination unit 113, a reception device 114, a wireless LAN antenna 115, a control unit 110 that controls the entire system, The wireless LAN unit 116, the wireless LAN control unit 117, the public line antenna 118, the public line unit 119, the public line control unit 120, and the server / data storage unit 121 are connected.

  The server data storage unit 121 stores a member list 122 indicating a list of participants participating in the electronic conference, conference data A123, conference data B124, conference data C125, and the like as data used in the electronic conference. Read as needed.

  The display device 111 and the operation input device 112 are realized by a notebook PC 107 operated by the administrator 105 shown in FIG. That is, the display device 111 corresponds to a display panel of the notebook PC 107, and the operation input device 112 corresponds to a keyboard, a touch pad, or the like of the notebook PC 107.

  The setting determination unit 113 determines a setting for connection of a wireless LAN to be used in an electronic conference based on a control signal from the control unit 110, a time, a random number, a list prepared in advance, or the like. ing. The wireless LAN connection setting information determined here is notified from the public line antenna 118 to the mobile phone 201 of the conference participant through the public line 102.

  The wireless LAN antenna 115 is connected to the wireless LAN control unit 117 via the wireless LAN unit 116, and enables communication with the notebook PC 301 by the wireless LAN.

  The public line antenna 118 is connected to the public line control unit 120 via the public line unit 119 and enables communication with the mobile phone 201 via the public line.

  The conference system 101 transmits setting information for wireless LAN connection between the conference system 101 and the notebook PC 301 to the mobile phone 201 via a public line.

  The setting information in this case basically includes IEEE802.11e, i, g, a, etc. as a wireless LAN system, wireless channel, SSID, password, MAC address, user name, encryption system (AEC, etc.) The code, authority information, URL of access destination, etc. can be considered, and some or all of these can be considered.

  Note that the wireless LAN setting information may be other than the setting information described above, and may be anything necessary for connection setting. That is, when the wireless method is changed, the type of setting information is also different.

  Next, an outline of the mobile phone 201 included in the information terminal 103 brought by a participant who participates in the electronic conference system will be described below.

  For example, as shown in FIG. 4, the mobile phone 201 has a display unit 211, an operation input device 212, a wireless LAN antenna 213, a wireless LAN unit 214, and a wireless LAN control unit centered on a control unit 210 that controls the entire device. 215, a public line antenna 216, a public line unit 217, a public line control unit 218, and a mobile phone storage unit 219 are connected.

  The mobile phone storage unit 219 stores connection setting data 220 and personal authentication data 221 with a PC (notebook PC 301), and is read out as necessary. The connection setting data 220 with the PC is information necessary for security and encryption, such as an SSID required for wireless LAN connection, and includes at least setting information necessary for wireless LAN connection. Includes security information.

  The display device 211 corresponds to a display unit of the mobile phone 201, and the operation input device 212 corresponds to an input unit such as a numeric keypad of the mobile phone 201.

  As described above, in addition to the configuration in which the public line antenna 216 is connected to the public line control unit 218 via the public line unit 217 as a communication unit, the cellular phone 201 is wirelessly connected to the notebook PC 301. A wireless LAN antenna 213 for constructing a LAN system is connected to a wireless LAN control unit 215 via a wireless LAN unit 214.

  Next, an outline of the notebook PC 301 included in the information terminal 103 brought by a participant who participates in the electronic conference system will be described below.

  For example, as shown in FIG. 5, the notebook PC 301 has a display device 311, an operation input device 312, a wireless LAN antenna 313, a wireless LAN unit 314, a control unit (connection setting unit) 310 that controls the entire device. A wireless LAN control unit 315 and a PC storage unit 316 are connected.

  The PC storage unit 316 includes, for example, a hard disk drive, and stores connection setting data 317 with a mobile phone (mobile phone 201), conference setting data 318 such as a wireless LAN setting and a password, and other presentation (presentation) data 319. And is read out as needed. The connection setting data 317 with the mobile phone is information necessary for security and encryption, such as a user name, a user ID, and an SSID necessary for wireless LAN connection, and is necessary for connection to at least a minimum conference system for wireless LAN connection. Security information, etc. as necessary.

  The display device 311 corresponds to a display unit of the notebook PC 301, and the operation input device 312 corresponds to an input unit such as a keyboard of the notebook PC 301.

  As described above, the notebook PC 301 has the wireless LAN antenna 313 as a communication means for establishing a wireless LAN system between the mobile phone 201 and the conference system 101 via the wireless LAN unit 314. The configuration is connected to the unit 315.

  Here, the flow of communication processing in the electronic conference system having the above-described configuration will be described below with reference to the schematic diagram of the electronic conference system shown in FIG. 2, the sequence diagram shown in FIG. 6, and FIGS. The communication setting process here is mainly described for the communication setting process between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101.

  First, the flow of processing in the conference system 101 will be described.

  First, when a reception input is performed at the reception device 114 (step S1), a table update / display change process is performed based on the information of the reception input (step S2). This update / change information is transmitted to the notebook PC 107 of the administrator 105.

  The table update / display change process in this case is to update or change various states of each member on a member list screen as shown in FIG. 8, for example. Details of this processing will be described later.

  Next, the conference system 101 performs a transmission operation process based on the result of the attendance confirmation / operation process (step S41) from the administrator 105 (step S3). Here, the transmission operation process indicates an operation process for transmitting wireless LAN setting information used in an electronic conference to a conference participant who has completed reception.

  Subsequently, the wireless LAN setting information is transmitted (setting transmission) via the mobile line, that is, the public line 102 (step S4). This setting information is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 through the public line 102 (mobile line).

  Next, the conference system 101 starts W-LAN (wireless LAN) communication with each PC (notebook PC 301) (step S5).

  Thereafter, table update / display change processing is performed (step S6). Here, information update processing for displaying as a member list shown in FIG. 8 is performed.

  The processes from step S1 to step S6 are performed for all members participating in the electronic conference.

  Thereafter, the conference by the conference system 101 is held (step S7). If there is an instruction to end the conference from the administrator 105, end operation input processing is performed (step S8).

  Through this process, an end instruction is transmitted to each device (step S9). Then, W-LAN setting change processing is performed (step S10). This process prevents the electronic conference system from being accessed after the conference ends.

  Thereafter, table update / display change processing is performed (step S11). Here, information update processing for displaying as a member list shown in FIG. 8 is performed.

  Next, processing in the mobile phone 201 will be described.

  First, in a state where communication with the PC is possible, communication from the mobile line (public line 102) is awaited (step S21). Here, a wireless LAN system is constructed between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301. In this case, if the wireless LAN setting of the mobile phone 201 is not connectable to the notebook PC 301, communication may be performed by temporarily setting the wireless connection to the notebook PC 301. These settings may be stored in the storage unit 219 or the like. This wireless LAN system is called W-LAN1.

  Subsequently, the setting is received through the mobile line (step S22). Here, the wireless LAN setting information transmitted by the operation in step S4 of the process in the conference system 101 is received.

  Based on the received setting information, a wireless LAN setting command is transmitted via the W-LAN 1 (step S23). Since the setting information changes the wireless LAN setting on the notebook PC 301 side, the wireless LAN system constructed between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301 is released, that is, the communication is stopped.

  Finally, since the wireless LAN setting on the notebook PC 301 side is changed to the setting for W-LAN1 again at the end of the conference, a wireless LAN system between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301 is constructed and communication starts. (Step S24).

  Next, processing in the notebook PC 301 will be described.

  First, communication with the mobile phone 201 is enabled (step S31). In this state, it waits for a command from the mobile phone 201. In this case, the notebook PC 301 uses a wireless LAN setting for constructing the W-LAN 1 as a wireless LAN system.

  Subsequently, the notebook PC 301 receives a setting command via the W-LAN 1 (step S32), and changes the setting of the W-LAN for establishing a wireless LAN with the conference system 101 (step S33).

  As a result, the notebook PC 301 establishes a wireless LAN system with the conference system 101 and enters a conference participation state (step S34).

  In this conference participation state, the notebook PC 301 waits for a conference end signal from the conference system 101 (step S35). Here, when the conference end signal is received, the notebook PC 301 performs a process of returning the W-LAN setting to the base (step S36). Here, to return to the W-LAN setting is to change the setting of the wireless LAN so that the wireless LAN system can be constructed between the notebook PC 301 and the mobile phone 201.

  Next, the notebook PC 301 starts communication with the mobile phone 201 again by returning to the W-LAN setting (step S37).

  Finally, processing operations performed by the administrator 105 will be described below.

  First, when the conference system 101 notifies the notebook PC 107 operated by the administrator 105 of change information of a table such as a member list, the administrator 105 performs attendance confirmation / operation (step S41).

  Here, it is assumed that the attendance confirmation / operation is performed based on a screen displayed on the display screen of the notebook PC 107 shown in FIGS.

  For example, when the initial screen of the notebook PC 107 is a menu selection screen as shown in FIG. 7, the participating member list is selected. Then, a list as shown in FIG. 8 is displayed on the notebook PC 107 as a display screen displaying the selected participating member list. In the member list screen shown in FIG. 8, an enlarge button 108 and a telephone number button 109 are provided for each member. These buttons can be executed by clicking with the mouse. For example, when a member's enlarge button 108 is clicked for attendance confirmation, member information including a face photo as shown in FIG. 9 is displayed. Thus, when attendance is confirmed, the administrator 105 clicks the telephone number button 109 shown in FIG. As a result, the conference system 101 is instructed to notify the cellular phone 201 of the attending member to the wireless LAN setting information used in the electronic conference.

  After the process of step S41 is performed for all participants of the electronic conference, the conference is held (step S42). During the conference, the display unit of the notebook PC 107 is a menu screen shown in FIG.

  Then, the manager 105 enters the conference end operation when the end of the conference is notified (step S43). Here, the administrator 105 notifies the conference system 101 of the conference end by selecting the conference end transmission from the menu screen displayed in FIG. 7 displayed on the notebook PC 107.

  In the above-described processing, it is assumed that the notebook PC 301 of the information terminal 103 of the conference participant has already been activated when the wireless LAN setting information for the electronic conference is notified to the mobile phone 201. The process when it is not activated will be described below with reference to the sequence diagram shown in FIG.

  First, processing on the mobile phone 201 side will be described.

  First, the mobile phone 201 performs reception processing (step S51). This process may be performed by other than the mobile phone 201.

  Subsequently, the mobile phone 201 performs processing for starting communication with the PC (notebook PC 301) (step S52). If the notebook PC 301 is already in communication, this step is not necessary.

  Next, the mobile phone 201 determines whether or not communication with the notebook PC 301 is possible (step S53).

  If it is determined that communication is possible, “Communication is possible, settings will be sent” is displayed on the display screen of the mobile phone 201 (step S54). Then, the setting information is transmitted to the notebook PC 301 (step S56).

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S53 that communication with the notebook PC 301 is not possible, a communication disabled display is displayed on the mobile phone 201 and a message such as “Start PC” is displayed to the conference participants. Is started (step S55), the process proceeds to step S52, and communication start processing with the PC is performed.

  Next, processing on the notebook PC 301 side will be described.

  First, the user turns on the PC power (step S61). Here, the user activates the notebook PC 301 by viewing the display in step S55 of the process on the mobile phone 201 side.

  Subsequently, the notebook PC 301 performs a communication start process with the mobile phone 201 (step S62). Here, when communication with the mobile phone 201 is established, the notebook PC 301 notifies the mobile phone 201 to that effect.

  Next, the notebook PC 301 receives the wireless LAN setting information from the mobile phone 201 (step S63), and changes the W-LAN setting based on the setting information (step S64).

  Then, the notebook PC 301 establishes communication with the conference system 101 (step S65) and enters the conference participation state (step S66).

  If the notebook PC 301 has a wake-up LAN, it can be automatically activated by a communication signal from the mobile phone 201.

  Here, a process until the wireless LAN setting information is output from the mobile phone 201 to the notebook PC 301 will be described with reference to the flowchart shown in FIG.

  First, the mobile phone 201 is in a mail reception waiting state (step S111), and determines whether a mail has arrived (step S112).

  If it is determined that a mail has been received, it is determined whether or not the mail content is wireless LAN setting information (step S113).

  When it is determined in step S113 that the setting information is wireless LAN, “setting has come” is displayed on the display unit of the mobile phone 201 (step S114).

  And it waits for the confirmation operation of the setting information by a user (step S115). Then, it is determined whether or not the received setting is used as the user setting (step S116).

  If reject is not selected, that is, if it is determined that the incoming setting is used, setting information is displayed (step S117). As a display example on the mobile phone 201, “connection request with IEEE802.11g” or the like can be considered.

  Then, the mobile phone 201 transmits this setting information to the notebook PC 301 (step S118), and deletes the incoming mail (step S119).

  On the other hand, if refusal is selected in step S116, that is, if it is determined that the incoming setting is not used, a setting process is executed later (step S120).

  Next, a confirmation operation waiting state for determining whether or not to perform later processing by the user is entered (step S121). Subsequently, based on the confirmation operation by the user, it is determined whether or not to set later (step S122).

  Here, if it is determined that the setting is to be set later, information indicating that the setting information is being waited is transmitted to the conference system 101 (step S123), and a certain time is waited until the setting information is transmitted again from the conference system 101 (step S123). In step S124, the process proceeds to step S111 and waits for setting information mail.

  On the other hand, if setting to be set later is not selected in step S122, the fact that the transmitted setting information is not used is transmitted to the conference system 101 (step S125), and the process proceeds to step S111 to wait for mail.

  Here, when transmitting information from the mobile phone 201 to the conference system 101, the mobile phone 201 needs to know the telephone number of the conference system 101 in advance. In this case, each participant may be given a telephone number at the reception.

  In this embodiment, a wireless LAN connection method (hereinafter referred to as a wireless method) is not particularly limited, but actually there are various wireless methods, and communication can be performed if the wireless methods are different. The problem of not occurring.

  Therefore, it is necessary to realize an electronic conference system that can communicate in any wireless system in consideration of the wireless system. Specifically, the conference system 101 may be configured to be compatible with various wireless systems.

  For example, as shown in FIG. 12, the conference system 101 includes a set of a wireless LAN antenna 115 and a wireless LAN unit 116 for each wireless system in order to support a plurality of wireless systems, and the switching control thereof is performed wirelessly. This may be performed by the LAN control unit 117. In FIG. 12, two types of wireless schemes are shown: a set of wireless LAN antenna 115a and wireless LAN section 116a, and a set of wireless LAN antenna 115b and wireless LAN section 116b. However, the present invention is not limited to this. It is not something. At present, three types of wireless schemes “IEEE802.11g”, “IEEE802.11a”, and “IEEE802.11b” are considered.

  In the conference system 101 having the configuration shown in FIG. 12, the flow of processing for selecting a wireless method will be described below with reference to the flowchart shown in FIG.

  First, the notebook PC 301 receives setting information from the mobile phone 201 (step S71).

  Then, it is determined whether or not there is only one setting information (step S72). Here, when it is determined that there is only one setting information, the process proceeds to step S73 to determine whether setting using the setting information is possible.

  If the setting information can be set in step S73, the setting information is displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 301 (step S74). As a display example, “connection with IEEE802.11g” can be considered.

  Then, the fact that the setting information can be used is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S75).

  Next, the notebook PC 301 changes the W-LAN setting based on the setting information (step S76). As a result, communication is established between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101 (step S77).

  In this state, the display unit of the notebook PC 301 displays that it is connected (step S78), and participates in the conference (step S79).

  If it is determined in step S73 that the setting information cannot be used, an error is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S81) and the display unit of the notebook PC 301 indicates that “IEEE802.11g cannot be connected”. The contents are displayed (step S82), and the process proceeds to step S71.

  If it is determined in step S72 that the number of setting information is not one, it is determined whether or not there is first desired setting information in the setting (step S80). If it is determined that there is first desired setting information, the setting information is displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 301 (step S83). As a display example, “connection with the first desired IEEE 802.11g” can be considered.

  Then, the fact that the setting information can be used is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S84).

  Next, the notebook PC 301 changes the W-LAN setting based on the setting information (step S85). Thereby, communication is established between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101 (step S86).

  In this state, the display unit of the notebook PC 301 displays that it is connected (step S87), and participates in the conference (step S88).

  In step S80, if there is no first desired setting information in the setting information, it is determined whether there is second desired setting information (step S89). If it is determined that there is the second desired setting information, the setting information is displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 301 (step S90). As a display example, “connection with the second desired IEEE 802.11a” or the like can be considered.

  Then, the fact that the setting information can be used is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S91).

  Next, the notebook PC 301 changes the W-LAN setting based on the setting information (step S92). As a result, communication is established between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101 (step S93).

  In this state, the display unit of the notebook PC 301 displays that it is connected (step S94), and participates in the conference (step S95).

  Furthermore, if there is no second desired setting information in the setting information in step S89, it is determined whether or not other connection is possible (step S96). If it is determined that other connections are possible, the setting information is displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 301 (step S97). As a display example, “connection with IEEE802.11b” or the like can be considered.

  Then, the fact that the setting information can be used is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S98).

  Next, the notebook PC 301 changes the W-LAN setting based on the setting information (step S99). As a result, communication is established between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101 (step S100).

  In this state, the display unit of the notebook PC 301 displays that it is connected (step S101), and participates in the conference (step S102).

  In step S96, if there is no other connectable setting information in the setting information, an error is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S103), and “There is no settable information” is displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 301. Display (step S104), the process proceeds to step S71.

  Here, the wireless system is classified by the physical layer of the wireless LAN, but may be classified by communication speed or other standards (including wired).

  In addition, when a wired LAN or the like is included in this way, it may be connected using a necessary part from a setting concession to connect to the conference system with a wireless LAN transmitted to each person, or a connection transmitted to each person The information may include a wired LAN setting.

  When the wireless system is considered as described above, if the setting information cannot be used as shown in FIG. 13, error information is transmitted to the conference system 101, and the setting process is executed again. In the following description, the flow of such error handling processing is shown.

  In the electronic conference system configured as described above, the flow of other communication setting processes will be described below with reference to the sequence diagram shown in FIG. Here, the error handling process will be described.

  First, the process flow of the conference system 101 will be described.

  First, when a reception input is performed in the reception device 114 (step S201), a table update / display change process is performed based on the information of the reception input (step S202). This update / change information is transmitted to the notebook PC 107 of the administrator 105.

  Next, the conference system 101 performs a transmission operation process based on the result of the attendance confirmation / operation process (step S261) from the administrator 105 (step S203). Here, the transmission operation process indicates an operation process for transmitting wireless LAN setting information used in an electronic conference to a conference participant who has completed reception.

  Subsequently, the wireless LAN setting information is transmitted (setting transmission) via the mobile line, that is, the public line 102 (step S204). This setting information is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 through the public line 102 (mobile line).

  Next, the result is received through the mobile line and the W-LAN (step S205). Here, the result indicates a result of communication with the notebook PC 301.

  Subsequently, the conference system 101 determines whether communication with the notebook PC 301 is possible based on the communication result (step S206). If it is determined that communication is possible, table update / display change is performed (step S207).

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S206 that communication is not possible, the process proceeds to step S202.

  The processes from step S201 to step S207 are performed for all the members participating in the electronic conference.

  Thereafter, the conference by the conference system 101 is held (step S208). If there is an instruction to end the meeting from the administrator 105, an end operation input process is performed (step S209).

  Through this process, an end instruction is transmitted to each device (step S210). Then, it waits for a completion signal from the mobile phone 201 (step S211).

  Finally, after receiving a completion signal from the mobile phone 201, a W-LAN setting change process and a table update process are performed (step S212).

  Next, processing in the mobile phone 201 will be described.

  First, in a state where communication with the PC is possible, communication from the mobile line (public line 102) is awaited (step S221). Here, a wireless LAN system is constructed between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301. This wireless LAN system is called W-LAN1.

  Subsequently, the setting is received through the mobile line (step S222). Here, the setting information of the wireless LAN transmitted by the operation in step S204 of the process in the conference system 101 is received.

  Then, based on the received setting information, a wireless LAN setting command is transmitted to the notebook PC 301 via the W-LAN 1 (step S223).

  Subsequently, a response is received from the notebook PC 301 (step S224), and based on the received response information, it is determined whether or not the wireless LAN setting information for the notebook PC 301 is valid (ie, valid) (step S225). Here, if it is determined to be valid, it is returned to the conference system 101 that it is normal (step S226).

  On the other hand, if it is determined that it is not valid in step S225, the fact that it is abnormal is returned to the conference system 101, and the process proceeds to step S221 (step S227).

  Next, it waits for the communication state from the notebook PC 301 (step S228), and determines whether or not the communication between the conference system 101 and the notebook PC 301 has ended based on the received communication state (step S229). If it is determined that the communication has ended, a completion signal indicating communication completion is returned to the conference system 101 (step S230). Here, the completion signal is transmitted in step S211 of the conference system 101.

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S229 that the process has not ended, an abnormal signal is returned to the conference system 101, and the process proceeds to step S221 (step S231). Here, the abnormal signal is transmitted in step S205 of the conference system 101.

  Next, processing in the notebook PC 301 will be described.

  First, communication with the mobile phone 201 is enabled (step S241). In this state, it waits for a command from the mobile phone 201. In this case, the notebook PC 301 uses a wireless LAN setting for constructing the W-LAN 1 as a wireless LAN system.

  Subsequently, the notebook PC 301 receives a setting command via the W-LAN 1 (step S242), and determines the validity of the setting information (step S243). If it is determined that the setting information is valid, that is, communication between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101 is possible, a message indicating that the setting information is valid is returned to the mobile phone 201 (step S244). If it is determined that the setting information is not valid, an abnormality is returned to the mobile phone 201 (step S245), and the process proceeds to step S241.

  Subsequently, if the setting information is valid, the setting of the W-LAN for constructing the wireless LAN with the conference system 101 is changed (step S246).

Here, the notebook PC 301 confirms communication with the conference system 101 (step S247).
And it is judged whether communication is normal (step S248). If it is determined that the communication is normal, the notebook PC 301 establishes a wireless LAN system with the conference system 101 and enters a conference participation state (step S249).

  In this conference participation state, the notebook PC 301 waits for a conference end signal from the conference system 101 (step S250). Here, when receiving the conference end signal, the notebook PC 301 performs a process of returning the W-LAN setting to the base (step S251). Here, to return to the W-LAN setting is to change the setting of the wireless LAN so that the wireless LAN system can be constructed between the notebook PC 301 and the mobile phone 201.

  Next, the notebook PC 301 starts communication with the mobile phone 201 again by returning to the W-LAN setting, and transmits to the mobile phone 201 that it is normal (step S252).

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S248 that it is not normal, the W-LAN setting is restored (step S253), and an error message is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S254).

  Finally, processing operations performed by the administrator 105 will be described below.

  First, when the change information of the table such as the member list is notified from the conference system 101 to the notebook PC 107 operated by the administrator 105, the administrator 105 performs attendance confirmation / operation (step S261).

  Here, it is assumed that the attendance confirmation / operation is performed based on a screen displayed on the display screen of the notebook PC 107 shown in FIGS.

  After the process of step S261 is performed for all participants of the electronic conference, the conference is held (step S262). During the conference, the notebook PC 107 has a menu screen shown in FIG.

  Then, when the end of the conference is notified, the manager 105 enters the conference end operation (step S263). Here, the administrator 105 notifies the conference system 101 of the conference end by selecting the conference end transmission from the menu screen displayed in FIG. 7 displayed on the notebook PC 107.

  In the electronic conference system having the above configuration, the flow of other communication setting processing will be described below with reference to the sequence diagram shown in FIG. Here, the automatic reception process will be described.

  First, the process flow of the conference system 101 will be described.

  First, when a reception input is performed at the reception device 114 (step S301), information on the reception input is confirmed in a table (step S302).

  Next, it is determined whether or not the information input and received is valid, that is, whether or not a valid participant is accepted (step S303). Here, if it is determined to be valid, the setting information is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 via the mobile line (step S304).

  On the other hand, if it is determined that it is not valid in step S303, an error display is performed (step S305), and the process proceeds to step S301. Here, the error information is displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 107 operated by the administrator 105.

  Subsequently, table update / display change processing is performed (step S306).

  Next, the conference system 101 establishes communication with the notebook PC 301 (step S307).

  Then, the table update / display change process is performed again (step S308). Here, items relating to communication connection in the member list shown in FIG. 8 are to be updated or changed.

  The processes from step S301 to step S308 are performed for all members participating in the electronic conference.

  Thereafter, a conference is held by the conference system 101 (step S309). If there is an instruction to end the conference from the administrator 105, end operation input processing is performed (step S310).

  Through this process, an end instruction is transmitted to each device (step S311).

  Then, after receiving a completion signal from the mobile phone 201, a W-LAN setting change process is performed (step S312), and then a table update / display change process is performed (step S313).

  Next, processing in the mobile phone 201 will be described.

  First, a reception process is performed (step S321). In this process, the reception process may be performed by other than the mobile phone 201.

  Next, the setting information from the conference system 101 is received via the mobile line (public line 102) (step S322).

  And it will be in the communication establishment waiting state between the mobile phone 201 and the notebook PC 301 (step S323). If communication is established, the setting information is transmitted to the notebook PC 301 (step S324).

  During the conference, since the wireless LAN setting of the notebook PC 301 is the wireless LAN setting for communication with the conference system 101, the communication between the notebook PC 301 and the mobile phone 201 is cut off.

  And finally, if a meeting is complete | finished, communication with notebook PC301 will be started again (step S325).

  Next, processing in the notebook PC 301 will be described.

  First, the PC power is turned on (step S331). Here, this is possible with a wake-up LAN.

  Next, communication with the mobile phone 201 is started (step S332). In this state, it waits for a command from the mobile phone 201. In this case, the notebook PC 301 uses a wireless LAN setting for constructing the W-LAN 1 as a wireless LAN system.

  Subsequently, the notebook PC 301 receives the setting information via the W-LAN 1 (step S333).

Subsequently, the W-LAN setting for constructing the wireless LAN with the conference system 101 is changed (step S334), and the notebook PC 301 establishes communication with the conference system 101 (step S335).
And it will be in a conference participation state (step S336).

  In this conference participation state, the notebook PC 301 waits for a conference end signal from the conference system 101 (step S337). Here, when the conference end signal is received, the notebook PC 301 performs processing for returning to the W-LAN setting (step S338). Here, to return to the W-LAN setting is to change the setting of the wireless LAN so that the wireless LAN system can be constructed between the notebook PC 301 and the mobile phone 201.

  Next, the notebook PC 301 starts communication with the mobile phone 201 again by returning to the W-LAN setting (step S339).

  Finally, processing operations performed by the administrator 105 will be described below.

  First, when the change information of the table such as the member list is notified from the conference system 101 to the notebook PC 107 operated by the administrator 105, the administrator 105 performs attendance confirmation / operation (step S341).

  Here, it is assumed that the attendance confirmation / operation is performed based on a screen displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 107 shown in FIGS.

  After the process of step S341 is performed for all participants of the electronic conference, the conference is held (step S342). During the conference, the notebook PC 107 has a menu screen shown in FIG.

  Then, the manager 105 enters the conference end operation when the end of the conference is notified (step S343). Here, the administrator 105 notifies the conference system 101 of the conference end by selecting the conference end transmission from the menu screen displayed in FIG. 7 displayed on the notebook PC 107.

  In the electronic conference system configured as described above, the flow of other communication setting processing will be described below with reference to the sequence diagram shown in FIG. Here, processing including automatic setting of wireless LAN, operation start by communication from a mobile phone, error processing when setting cannot be described, and the like will be described.

  First, the process flow of the conference system 101 will be described.

  First, the conference system 101 waits for a request for setting information of the wireless LAN used in the electronic conference system from the mobile phone 201 (step S401), confirms the request from the mobile phone 201 in a table (step S402), and requests that request. Is determined (step S403). Here, the judgment of legitimacy is to judge whether or not the request is from a participant of the electronic conference. In the present embodiment, it is assumed that the validity is determined from the MAC (Media Access Control) address of the notebook PC 301.

  If it is determined to be valid in step S403, the setting information is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S404). On the other hand, if it is determined that it is not valid in step S403, a message that it is not valid (NG) is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 (step S405), the table is updated and the display is changed, and the process proceeds to step S401 (step S406).

  Subsequently, after the request is valid and the setting information is transmitted, the table change / display change is performed (step S407).

  Then, the communication with the notebook PC 301 is confirmed (step S408), and the table is updated and the display is changed (step S409).

  The processes from step S401 to step S409 are performed for all members participating in the electronic conference.

  Thereafter, a conference is held by the conference system 101 (step S410). If there is an instruction to end the conference from the administrator 105, end operation input processing is performed (step S411).

  Through this process, an end signal is transmitted to each device (step S412). Then, the W-LAN setting is changed (step S413). Then, each end confirmation information from the mobile phone 201 is received (step S414), and a table update process is performed (step S415).

  Next, processing in the mobile phone 201 will be described.

  First, the mobile phone 201 establishes W-LAN1 and establishes communication with the notebook PC 301 (step S421). Then, the MAC address of the notebook PC 301 is detected (step S422).

  Next, the mobile phone 201 requests setting information from the conference system 101 via the mobile phone line (step S423). Here, the MAC address of the notebook PC 301 is transmitted as the request information.

  Then, it waits for an answer to the validity from the conference system 101 (step S424), and determines whether the answer is valid (OK) from the contents of the answer (step S425). Here, if it is OK, that is, if the conference system 101 recognizes that the notebook PC 301 is valid, the setting information is received and the content is displayed on the display unit of the mobile phone 201 (step S426).

  On the other hand, if the conference system 101 recognizes that the notebook PC 301 is not valid in step S425, that fact is displayed on the display unit of the mobile phone 201, error processing is performed, and the process proceeds to step S421 (step S427). ).

  Subsequently, when it is determined to be valid, the received setting information is transmitted to the notebook PC 301 (step S428), and whether or not communication between the notebook PC 301 and the conference system 101 is possible with the setting information. The result is received (step S429).

  Next, it is determined from the received result whether communication is possible (OK) with the setting information (step S430). If it is determined that the transmission is OK, the transmission completion is displayed on the display unit of the mobile phone 201 (step S431). On the other hand, if it is determined that it is not OK, a message to that effect is displayed on the display unit of the mobile phone 201, error processing is performed, and the process proceeds to step S421 (step S432).

  Next, communication with the notebook PC 301 is resumed (step S433). When it is determined that the communication between the conference system 101 and the notebook PC 301 has ended through this communication, a completion signal indicating the completion of communication is transmitted to the conference system 101 (step S434).

  Next, processing in the notebook PC 301 will be described.

  First, communication with the mobile phone 201 is enabled (step S441). In this state, it waits for a command from the mobile phone 201. In this case, the notebook PC 301 uses a wireless LAN setting for constructing the W-LAN 1 as a wireless LAN system.

  Subsequently, the notebook PC 301 receives a setting command via the W-LAN 1 (step S442) and confirms the setting information (step S443). In this setting confirmation process, it is determined whether or not communication with the conference system 101 can be performed using the received setting information, that is, whether or not it is OK (step S444).

  If it is OK, that is, if it is determined that the communication with the conference system 101 is possible based on the setting information, the W-LAN setting for constructing the wireless LAN with the conference system 101 is changed (step S445). On the other hand, if it is not OK, that is, if it is determined that communication with the conference system 101 is not possible based on the setting information, an error is transmitted to the mobile phone 201 and the process proceeds to step S442 (step S446).

  Subsequently, the notebook PC 301 confirms communication with the conference system 101 (step S447). Then, it is determined whether or not the communication is normal (OK) (step S448). If it is determined that it is OK, the notebook PC 301 establishes a wireless LAN system with the conference system 101 and enters a conference participation state (step S449).

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S448 that it is not OK, the notebook PC 301 restores the W-LAN setting (step S450), transmits an error message to the mobile phone 201 (step S451), and proceeds to step S442. Transition.

  Then, in the conference participation state, the notebook PC 301 waits for a conference end signal from the conference system 101 (step S452). Here, when receiving the conference end signal, the notebook PC 301 performs processing for restoring the W-LAN setting (step S453). Here, returning the W-LAN setting to the original means changing the setting of the wireless LAN so that the wireless LAN system can be constructed between the notebook PC 301 and the mobile phone 201.

  Next, the notebook PC 301 starts communication with the mobile phone 201 again by returning to the W-LAN setting (step S454).

  Finally, processing operations performed by the administrator 105 will be described below.

  First, the administrator 105 selects initialization on the menu selection screen (FIG. 7) displayed on the display unit of the notebook PC 107, and performs an initialization operation (step S461). Here, the setting information of the wireless LAN in the electronic conference is determined by the initialization operation.

  Next, the administrator 105 checks the attendance status of the conference participants on the display screen of the notebook PC 107, corrects the registration information in the event of an error, and holds the conference if all the conference participants (members) are present. The conference system 101 is instructed to start (step S462).

  Then, a conference is held (step S463). During the conference, the notebook PC 107 has a menu screen shown in FIG.

  Then, the manager 105 enters the conference end operation when the end of the conference is notified (step S464). Here, the administrator 105 notifies the conference system 101 of the conference end by selecting the conference end transmission from the menu screen displayed in FIG. 7 displayed on the notebook PC 107.

  As described above, in the electronic conference system having the above-described configuration, the information terminal 103 used is an information terminal device used by each conference participant in an electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network), and is a public line. A mobile phone 201 as a first communication means for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference via 102, and a notebook PC 301 as a second communication means for communicating using the wireless LAN in the electronic conference, Based on the setting information received by the first communication means, a control unit 310 is provided as a connection setting means for performing settings for wireless LAN connection used in the second communication means.

  According to the above configuration, since the setting for wireless LAN connection used in the second communication unit is performed by the connection setting unit based on the setting information received by the first communication unit, the initial setting of the wireless LAN used in the electronic conference is performed. Setting will be done automatically.

  In addition, since the first communication means is notified of setting information for wireless LAN connection via a public line, if it is an information terminal device that can be specified by a public line, participation in an electronic conference is facilitated. .

  In this way, if the information terminal device can be identified by a public line, it is possible to notify the setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference to be held at any time. For example, when an electronic conference is held suddenly Even so, it is possible to respond quickly.

  Therefore, if the information terminal device having the above-described configuration is used, it is possible to provide an electronic conference system that facilitates the addition of participants to the electronic conference and can respond flexibly.

  The first communication unit and the second communication unit may be configured to construct a wireless LAN system.

  In this case, since the second communication unit has a configuration for constructing a wireless LAN system used in the electronic conference, a configuration for constructing the wireless LAN system may be added only to the first communication unit. .

  Therefore, it is possible to construct a wireless LAN system between the first communication unit and the second communication unit with the addition of a small configuration.

  As the first communication means, it is preferable to use the mobile phone 201 as described above.

  In this case, if the mobile phone 201 is brought for each participant, the identification of each participant can be made clear, so that different setting information can be notified for each participant.

  Here, the different setting information may be, for example, information for setting browsing authority during an electronic conference.

  The setting information for wireless LAN connection received via the public line 102 may be setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for the electronic conference to be held.

  Thereby, security can be improved.

  In the present embodiment, three types of timing for transmitting the setting information are described, but other timings may be used.

  For example, as described above for the operation of the conference manager, at the time of acceptance passage, and the request from the mobile phone, the desk, the mobile phone, and the desk communicate with each other using something like an ID tag. It is also possible to start by recognizing that If the request from the mobile phone and the ID tag are connected to the server, the transmission may be performed from the server. Alternatively, the setting information may be transmitted all at once 5 minutes before the conference. Other than this may be used.

  In addition, this invention is not limited to embodiment mentioned above, A various change is possible in the range shown to the claim, and what was changed is also contained in the technical scope of this invention.

  In addition, in each part and each processing step of the electronic conference system according to the above-described embodiment, a calculation unit such as a CPU executes a program stored in a storage unit such as a ROM (Read Only Memory) or a RAM, and an input such as a keyboard is performed. It can be realized by controlling a means, an output means such as a display, or a communication means such as an interface circuit. Therefore, various functions and various processes of the electronic conference system of the present embodiment can be realized simply by a computer having these means reading the recording medium storing the above program and executing the program. In addition, by recording the program on a removable recording medium, the various functions and various processes described above can be realized on an arbitrary computer.

  As the recording medium, a program medium such as a memory (not shown) such as a ROM may be used for processing by the microcomputer, and a program reading device is provided as an external storage device (not shown). It may be a program medium that can be read by inserting a recording medium there.

  In any case, the stored program is preferably configured to be accessed and executed by the microprocessor. Furthermore, it is preferable that the program is read out, and the read program is downloaded to a program storage area of the microcomputer and the program is executed. It is assumed that this download program is stored in advance in the main unit.

  The program medium is a recording medium configured to be separable from the main body, such as a tape system such as a magnetic tape or a cassette tape, a magnetic disk such as a flexible disk or a hard disk, or a disk such as a CD / MO / MD / DVD. Disk system, card system such as IC card (including memory card), or semiconductor memory including flash ROM, EPROM (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory), EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory), flash ROM, etc. In particular, there are recording media that carry programs.

  In addition, if the system configuration is capable of connecting to a communication network including the Internet, the recording medium is preferably a recording medium that fluidly carries the program so as to download the program from the communication network.

  Further, when the program is downloaded from the communication network as described above, it is preferable that the download program is stored in the main device in advance or installed from another recording medium.

  Specifically, a content registration program for registering content included in an e-mail transmitted from the information terminal, which is communicable with an information terminal capable of sending and receiving e-mail, via the network, When the email address of the email from the terminal is the email address of the first registration email, the procedure for creating a dedicated email address for content registration and the created email address to the email from the above information terminal Any content registration program that causes a computer to execute the procedure of attaching and replying may be used.

  In addition to the above content registration program, the procedure for registering the content included in the email sent to the dedicated email address for content registration with the file name including the email address of the email sent at the first registration May be added.

  As described above, the information terminal device according to the present invention is used in the electronic conference via a public line in the information terminal device used by each conference participant in the electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network). Based on the first communication means for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection, the second communication means for communicating using the wireless LAN in the electronic conference, and the second communication based on the setting information received by the first communication means. And a connection setting means for performing setting for wireless LAN connection used in the means.

  Further, the first communication unit and the second communication unit may construct a wireless LAN system. In the case of this configuration, since the second communication means has a configuration for constructing a wireless LAN system used in the electronic conference, a configuration for constructing the wireless LAN system is added only to the first communication means. I'll do it. Therefore, it is possible to construct a wireless LAN system between the first communication unit and the second communication unit with the addition of a small configuration.

  The first communication means may comprise a mobile phone. In the case of this configuration, if a mobile phone is brought for each participant, the identification of each participant can be made clear, so that different setting information can be notified for each participant. Here, the different setting information may be, for example, information for setting browsing authority during an electronic conference.

  Further, the setting information for wireless LAN connection received via the public line may be setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for the electronic conference to be held. In the case of this configuration, security can be improved.

  As described above, the electronic conference system of the present invention is an electronic conference configured by a conference management server for managing a conference and a plurality of information terminal devices connected to the conference management server via a wireless LAN (local area network). In the system, the information terminal device includes a first communication unit that receives the wireless LAN connection setting information from the conference management server via a public line, and a second communication unit that communicates with the conference management server via the wireless LAN. The wireless communication apparatus includes a connection setting unit that performs setting for wireless LAN connection in the second communication unit based on setting information for wireless LAN connection received by the first communication unit.

  In addition, the conference management server may transmit setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for the electronic conference to be held to the information terminal device. In the case of this configuration, security can be improved.

  The conference management server may change the setting for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference after the held electronic conference ends. In the case of this configuration, the security can be further improved.

  As described above, the communication setting method of the present invention is an information terminal device communication setting method that is used by each conference participant in an electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network). In this method, setting information for wireless LAN connection to be used is received, and based on the received setting information, setting for wireless LAN connection used in an electronic conference is performed on the information terminal device.

  Further, the setting information for wireless LAN connection received through the public line may be setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for the electronic conference to be held. In the case of this configuration, security can be improved.

  As described above, the communication setting program of the present invention is a communication setting program of an information terminal device used by each conference participant in an electronic conference using a wireless LAN (local area network). Communication for causing a computer to execute a procedure for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection to be used and a procedure for performing setting for wireless LAN connection used in an electronic conference for the information terminal device based on the received setting information It may be a setting program.

  Since the information terminal device of the present invention is configured to acquire wireless communication setting information via a public line, the information terminal device can be applied to various uses other than the electronic conference system by changing the communication method.

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  1. An electronic conference system using radio,
    A conference management server for managing a conference, and an information terminal device capable of wireless communication with the conference management server,
    The information terminal device
    A first information terminal that can be used by each conference participant, and a second information terminal that can communicate with the first information terminal;
    The second information terminal has a function of identifying a conference participant, and receives setting information necessary for wireless communication connection between the first information terminal and the conference management server received through this function. and it transmits to the information terminal,
    The second information terminal is
    First communication means for receiving the setting information through a function for identifying a conference participant;
    Second communication means for communicating with the first information terminal;
    Communication control means for performing communication control of the first communication means and the second communication means,
    The communication control means includes
    The setting information received by the first communication means is transmitted to the first information terminal by the second communication means,
    The electronic conference system, wherein the first communication means is a public line of a mobile phone .
  2.   The first communication method between the first information terminal and the conference management server is the same as the second communication method between the first information terminal and the second information terminal. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein
  3.   A third communication method in which the second information terminal receives the setting information through a function of identifying a conference participant; and a second communication method between the second information terminal and the first information terminal. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein the electronic conference system is a different communication method incapable of direct communication.
  4.   The second communication means is a wireless LAN ( local area network The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein:
  5.   The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein the first communication unit receives the setting information by electronic mail.
  6.   The communication control means includes
      2. The electronic conference according to claim 1, wherein after the setting information received by the first communication means is transmitted to the first information terminal by the second communication means, the setting information is deleted. system.
  7.   The communication control means includes
      The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein when the setting information is transmitted by the second communication unit, the transmission setting is temporarily changed.
  8.   When the first communication means can communicate with the conference management server,
      The communication control means transmits information for specifying the first information terminal to the conference management server, and then communicates the first communication means so as to receive the setting information from the conference management server. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein the electronic conference system is controlled.
  9.   When the first communication means can communicate with the conference management server,
      The communication control means transmits setting information to the first information terminal by the second communication means, and based on the information returned from the first information terminal, the first information terminal communicates with the conference management server. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein whether or not communication is possible is determined.
  10.   The communication control means includes
      10. The electronic apparatus according to claim 9, wherein the first information terminal causes the conference management server to transmit a result of determining whether or not communication with the conference management server is possible by the first communication unit. Conference system.
  11.   The communication control means includes
      When transmitting the setting information to the first information terminal, the first information terminal by the second communication means 2. The electronic conference according to claim 1, further comprising: a notification function for notifying a user of a prompt to activate the first information terminal when it is determined that a connection with the first information terminal is impossible. system.
  12.   The communication control means includes
      When it is determined that the connection between the second communication means and the first information terminal is impossible when transmitting the setting information to the first information terminal, the second communication means and the first information terminal The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein a connection operation with is tried for a predetermined time.
  13.   2. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein the setting information includes setting information corresponding to a plurality of wireless systems.
  14.   14. The electronic conference system according to claim 13, wherein a recommendation order is set in setting information corresponding to a plurality of wireless systems included in the setting information.
  15.   The first information terminal is
      Third communication means for receiving setting information transmitted from the second information terminal and communicating with the conference management server;
      Setting change means for changing connection settings of the third communication means based on the setting information received by the third communication means so as to enable communication with the conference management server. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein
  16.   The electronic conference system according to claim 15, wherein the third communication unit is a wireless LAN.
  17.   The third communication means determines that the second information terminal is impossible when the connection between the first information terminal and the conference management system is impossible by the setting information transmitted from the second information terminal. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein the electronic conference system transmits the information to an information terminal.
  18.   2. The electronic conference according to claim 1, wherein the first information terminal includes a plurality of types of wireless systems connectable to the conference management server, and switches according to a priority assigned to each wireless system. system.
  19.   When the conference management server and the second information terminal can communicate,
      The conference management server
      2. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein the setting information is transmitted to the second information terminal after confirmation of reception completion.
  20.   When the conference management server and the second information terminal can communicate,
      The conference management server
      2. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein transmission of setting information to the second information terminal is performed after permission to transmit information to the second information terminal.
  21.   In an electronic conference system comprising a conference management server for managing a conference and a plurality of information terminal devices connected to the conference management server via a wireless LAN,
      The information terminal device
      First communication means for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection from the conference management server via a public line of a mobile phone, second communication means for communicating with the conference management server via the wireless LAN, and the first communication means An electronic conferencing system comprising: connection setting means for performing setting for wireless LAN connection in the second communication means based on the setting information for wireless LAN connection received in (2).
  22.   The conference management server
      The electronic conference system according to claim 21, wherein setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for an electronic conference to be held is transmitted to the information terminal device.
  23.   The conference management server
      The electronic conference system according to claim 21, further comprising a display device that has information capable of visually confirming a conference participant and can display the information.
  24.   The conference management server
      The electronic conference system according to claim 21, wherein the electronic conference system has a function of receiving and displaying a connection state of devices of conference participants.
  25.   The conference management server
      The electronic conferencing system according to claim 21, wherein a connection authority of a conference participant's device is managed by the setting information.
  26.   Wireless LAN ( local area network In the information terminal device used by each participant in the electronic conference using
      First communication means for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference via a public line of a mobile phone;
      Second communication means for communicating using a wireless LAN in the electronic conference;
      An information terminal apparatus comprising: a connection setting unit configured to perform setting for wireless LAN connection used in the second communication unit based on the setting information received by the first communication unit.
  27.   27. The information terminal device according to claim 26, wherein the setting information for wireless LAN connection received via the public line of the mobile phone is setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for the electronic conference to be held.
  28.   In an electronic conference system comprising a conference management server for managing a conference and a plurality of first information terminals connected to the conference management server via a wireless LAN,
      The first information terminal is
      A second communication means for communicating with the conference management server via the wireless LAN, and a wireless LAN connection received from a second information terminal that receives the setting information for wireless LAN connection from the conference management server via a public line of a mobile phone An electronic conference system comprising: connection setting means for performing setting for wireless LAN connection in the second communication means based on setting information for use.
  29.   Wireless LAN ( local area network In the communication setting method of the information terminal device used by each participant in the electronic conference using
      Receive setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference via the public line of the mobile phone,
      A communication setting method, comprising: setting the wireless LAN connection used in an electronic conference for the information terminal device based on the received setting information.
  30.   30. The communication setting method according to claim 29, wherein the setting information for wireless LAN connection received through the public line of the mobile phone is setting information for wireless LAN connection effective only for an electronic conference to be held.
  31.   Wireless LAN ( local area network In the communication setting program of the information terminal device used by each participant in the electronic conference using
      A procedure for receiving setting information for wireless LAN connection used in the electronic conference via a public line of a mobile phone;
      A communication setting program for causing a computer to execute a procedure for performing settings for wireless LAN connection used in an electronic conference for the information terminal device based on received setting information.
  32.   An electronic device that executes the program according to claim 31.
  33. Upon receiving the setting information request from the second information terminal, the conference management server receives the MAC ( Media Access Control 2. The electronic conference system according to claim 1, wherein it is determined whether or not the request is from a participant of the electronic conference based on the address.
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