US Patent No. 9,292,806

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR MANAGING NETWORK INSTRUMENT CONNECTED TO NETWORK


Patent No. 9,292,806
Issue Date March 22, 2015
Title Apparatus, Method, And Program For Managing Network Instrument Connected To Network
Inventorship Toshiyuki Nakazawa, Tokyo (JP)
Assignee CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,292,806

1. An information processing apparatus for managing a plurality of printers connected to a network, comprising:
a database which stores first setting information of the plurality of printers as a management target, wherein the first setting
information includes at least one of network settings of a printer, a name of a printer and location information at which
a printer is located;

a priority setting unit which gives a priority to either the first setting information or setting information set on a printer
via a user interface, for each of the plurality of printers;

a receiving unit which receives second setting information set on a target printer from the target printer;
a comparing unit which compares the first setting information with the received second setting information;
a setting restore unit which controls to set the target printer with the first setting information without using the received
second setting information, if the first setting information is different from the received second setting information as
a result of the comparison made by the comparing unit and if the first setting information is given the priority by the priority
setting unit, so that the second setting information set on the target printer is automatically restored by the first setting
information; and

a database update unit which overwrites the first setting information with the received second setting information, if the
first setting information is different from the received second setting information as a result of the comparison made by
the comparing unit and if the second setting information set on the target printer is given the priority by the priority setting
unit, so that the first setting information is updated by the received second setting information without updating the second
setting information set on the target printer by using the first setting information.