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IP reachability through multi-channel wireless interface between a gateway and Internet devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014237D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Title: IP reachability through multi-channel wireless interface between a gateway and Internet devices Disclosed is a system that includes a gateway and multiple Internet appliances. The gateway and appliances are connected through wireless interface such as Bluetooth. The Bluetooth has the master-slave multiple channel communication capability as its basic function: 7 active channels and 255 park channels can concurrently established between the master and the slaves. The gateway terminates all Internet connections of a group of appliances through the wireless channels. The gateway is connected to the outside network such as the Internet, through telephone line, ISDN, Cable TV line, or xSDL. One typical example of the gateway is a home gateway. Many appliances in a home such as, TV, phones, game consols, video recorders, video cameras, audio systems, refrigerators, microwave oven, home security sensors, and home power control lines, will be going to be connected to the Internet in the future. There will exist several tens of devices at home that are connected to the Internet. In order to control the number of devices at home that connect to the Internet, a home gateway will be introduced to each home. The home gateway is kept "power-on" for 24 hours a day and manages multiple sessions of home appliances at a time. The main functions of the disclosed gateway are as follows: 1