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Title:
WIRELESS ACCESS BRIDGE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/189672
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
Embodiments provide an apparatus, e.g. a wireless data access bridge, that includes two antennas. A first antenna is configured to communicate with a wireless data access point via a first signal at a first radio-frequency (RF) carrier frequency. A second antenna is configured to communicate with a wireless gateway device via a second signal at a second lower RF signal carrier frequency. An interface circuit is configured to recover data from the first signal and to modulate the second signal using the recovered data. In some embodiments the apparatus may operate as a bridge between a microwave-frequency network access point and a residential gateway device in the presence of an attenuating barrier, e.g. a treated window surface.

Inventors:
SHAHRAMIAN, Shahriar (600-700 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ, 07974-0636, US)
BAEYENS, Yves (600-700 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ, 07974-0636, US)
Application Number:
US2017/029555
Publication Date:
December 21, 2017
Filing Date:
April 26, 2017
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Assignee:
ALCATEL-LUCENT USA INC. (600-700 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ, 07974-0636, US)
International Classes:
H04B5/02; H04B5/00; H04B7/155
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
RALSTON, Andrew, R. (Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc, Attention: Docket Administrator - Room 3B-212F600-700 Mountain Avenu, Murray Hill NJ, 07974-0636, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

[received by the International Bureau on 7 November 2017 (07.1 1.2017)]

1. An apparatus comprising:

physically separate first and second units, the first and second units including a first wireless transceiver and a second wireless transceiver, the first wireless transceiver being capable of communicating with a wireless access point using a first carrier frequency, the second wireless transceiver being capable of communicating with a wireless gateway device using a second carrier frequency, the second carrier frequency being different from the first carrier frequency; and

wherein the first and second wireless transceivers are capable of forming a communication link therebetween in response to the first and second units having been arranged to face each other along opposite surface areas of a window, the communication link being configured to:

transport data received by the first wireless transceiver from the wireless access point to the second wireless transceiver for transmission therefrom to the wireless gateway device; and

transport data received by the second wireless transceiver from the wireless gateway device to the first wireless transceiver for transmission therefrom to the wireless access point.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the first unit is configured to communicate data with the wireless access point via a different communication protocol than a communication protocol by which the second unit is configured to communicate data with the wireless gateway device

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein at least one of the first and second units includes magnets capable of relatively laterally aligning the first and second units when the first and second units are being positioned to face each other across a window.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein at least one of the first and second units is configured to provide visual or audio feedback indicative of signal strength when the first and second units are being positioned to face each other across a window.

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5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the first unit includes a weather-resistant housing and is configured to be located on an outdoor surface of a window.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the first unit includes both the first wireless transceiver and the second wireless transceiver.

7. The apparatus of claim 1,

wherein the first unit includes the first wireless transceiver; and

wherein the second unit includes the second wireless transceiver.

8. The apparatus of claim 7, the first and second wireless transceivers are configured to form the communication link therebetween using a third carrier frequency, the third carrier frequency being different from each of the first and second carrier frequencies. 9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the second wireless transceiver is configured to communicate with the wireless gateway device using an IEEE 802.11 standard.

10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the first carrier frequency is at least two times larger than the second carrier frequency.

11. The apparatus of claim 1,

wherein the first wireless transceiver is configured to communicate with the wireless access point using a first communication protocol; and

wherein the second wireless transceiver is configured to communicate with the wireless gateway device using a second communication protocol, the second communication protocol being different from the first communication protocol.

12. An equipment-installation method comprising:

sending to a subscriber an apparatus for self-service installation;

wherein the apparatus comprises:

physically separate first and second units, the first and second units including a first wireless transceiver and a second wireless transceiver, the first wireless transceiver being capable of communicating with a wireless access point using a first carrier frequency, the second wireless transceiver being capable of communicating with a wireless gateway

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wherein the first and second wireless transceivers are capable of forming a communication link therebetween in response to the first and second units having been arranged to face each other along opposite surface areas of a window, the communication link being configured to:

transport data received by the first wireless transceiver from the wireless access point to the second wireless transceiver for transmission therefrom to the wireless gateway device; and

transport data received by the second wireless transceiver from the wireless gateway device to the first wireless transceiver for transmission therefrom to the wireless access point.

13. An equipment- installation method comprising:

operating a first unit to find a window of a building, the window being suitable for the first unit to wirelessly communicate with a wireless access point;

installing the first unit and a physically separate second unit, the first and second units including a first wireless transceiver and a second wireless transceiver, such that the first wireless transceiver is capable of communicating with the wireless access point using a first carrier frequency, and the second wireless transceiver is capable of communicating with a wireless gateway device using a second carrier frequency, the second carrier frequency being different from the first carrier frequency;

wherein the first and second units installed using the step of installing are facing each other along opposite surface areas of the window; and

wherein the first and second wireless transceivers form a communication link therebetween, the communication link being configured to transport data communicated by the first and second wireless transceivers with the wireless access point and the wireless gateway device.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of installing comprises positioning the first and second units to face each other across the window, said positioning including relatively aligning the first and second units with magnets.

15. The method of claim 13,

17 wherein the first wireless transceiver is configured to communicate with the wireless access point using a first communication protocol; and

wherein the second wireless transceiver is configured to communicate with the wireless gateway device using a second communication protocol, the second communication protocol being different from the first communication protocol.

16. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of operating comprises seeking the window based on a strength of a communication signal received by the first unit from the wireless access point.

17. An apparatus comprising:

physically separate first and second units, the first and second units including a first wireless transceiver and a second wireless transceiver, the first wireless transceiver being capable of communicating with a wireless access point, the second wireless transceiver being capable of communicating with a wireless gateway device;

wherein the first and second wireless transceivers are capable of forming a communication link therebetween in response to the first and second units having been arranged to face each other along opposite surface areas of a selected window, the communication link being configured to transport data communicated by the first and second wireless transceivers with the wireless access point and the wireless gateway device; and wherein the first unit includes a battery capable of powering the first unit during an installation process that includes seeking a suitable window prior to the first and second units being positioned to face each other along the opposite surface areas of the selected window.

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