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Customer Premises Equipment Providing Wireless Clients Access to Consolidated Broadband Services Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014356D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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Marcia Peters


Disclosed is equipment that connects wireless devices on the customer premises to a broadband network using standard wireless protocols. A preferred embodiment uses the wireless protocols defined by the Bluetooth (TM) Special Interest Group; see for details. The term "broadband network" includes, but is not limited to, the cable television cable plant, asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) connected to a telephone carrier's local loop, digital satellite television transmissions, and wireless bypass to a local carrier's point of presence using a broadband wireless technology such as LMDS. The equipment, including hardware and software, is a set-top box or customer-premises equipment that provides the consumer with a single access point for telephone, Internet, cable TV, video-on-demand, music-on-demand, radio programming, and other new telecommunication and network services. This invention is also a key integration platform to integrate these services and provide "one-stop shopping" to the telecommunications consumer. Client devices that may wirelessly access broadband services using this invention include but are not limited to telephone base stations, telephone handsets, and audio headsets; audiovisual equipment including televisions, video cassette recorders, digital cameras, video cameras, stereo receivers, and remote controls for all of the same; input devices such as a keyboard, keypad, mouse, touch-screen, or other pointing device; and computers of all kinds, including personal, notebook, subnotebook, palmtop, and personal digital assistant; home security systems, video monitors, motion sensors, switches, lights; and so forth. Telecommunications industry analysts used to talk about "the last mile" and speculate about when fiber deployment to the home would become a reality. The battleground has shifted from the "last mile" to the radio frequency spectrum inside the home or office, and the access point where the local piconet connects to the broadband network. Carriers are jockeying for position to offer single-stop shopping to the consumer. The chairman of one telecommunications giant said that his company wants to offer wireline telephone, internet, wireless cellular, and cable TV services for a single price. That company's recent acquisitions of cellular properties and entry back into local phone service makes that clear. It is also evident that the largest software vendors are focusing on the low-end single-set-top-box market in underdeveloped countries, as well as taking equity positions in telecommunications companies. One large internet service provider was recently disappointed by its failure to win an acquisition bid for a CATV giant, and is now seeking an equity position in a digital television broadcasting system that could deliver downstream content over 9 million subscribers' digital satellite TV dishes and upstream data over land-lines. The Bluetooth (TM) standard, operating worldwide in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz band (or a similar short-range low-power standard digital wireless technology that can tolerate moderate interference) is the key technology that will make such single-access-point carrier services possible. Bluetooth Version 1 supports asynchronous data rates of 762 kbps per picocell, over a 10-meter range with a 0 dBm radio transmitter, or over a 100-meter range with a 20 dBm radio transmitter. Up to 10 picocells can coexist within radio proximity, due to the use of a frequency-hopping spread-spectrum baseband technolog characterized by graceful degradation as additional contending transmitters are added. Alternatively it can support up to 3 isochronous 64 kbps connections per picocell. Some of the devices that can be wirelessly attached to the broadband network using Bluetooth standards are discussed below: 1