US 9,813,606 B2
Image forming apparatus, image forming method, and image forming system
Mitsuru Satoh, Tokyo (JP)
Assigned to Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tokyo (JP)
Filed by Mitsuru Satoh, Tokyo (JP)
Filed on Jun. 8, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/176,797.
Claims priority of application No. 2015-125782 (JP), filed on Jun. 23, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0381277 A1, Dec. 29, 2016
Int. Cl. G06F 3/12 (2006.01); H04N 5/232 (2006.01); H04L 12/46 (2006.01)
CPC H04N 5/23206 (2013.01) [H04L 12/4641 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming device to form an image in response to a request for forming the image from at least one of a plurality of first information processing apparatuses; and
circuitry to:
connect to one or more of the plurality of first information processing apparatuses via a virtual private network in response to a request to connect from at least one of the one or more of the plurality of first information processing apparatuses;
send data corresponding to the connected one or more of the plurality of first information processing apparatuses to a main first information processing apparatus;
receive a set of selected first information processing apparatuses from the main first information processing apparatus including one or more first information processing apparatuses selected to be included in a first wireless communication network;
establish the first wireless communication network among the image forming apparatus and the set of selected first information processing apparatuses; and
enable wireless communication among the image forming apparatus and the set of selected first information processing apparatuses via the first wireless communication network.