US 9,860,937 B2
System and method for bridging to a LTE wireless communication network
Michael Clegg, Campbell, CA (US); and Robert MacKinnon, Mansfield (GB)
Assigned to NETGEAR, Inc., San Jose, CA (US)
Filed by NETGEAR, Inc., San Jose, CA (US)
Filed on Dec. 12, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/376,193.
Application 15/376,193 is a continuation of application No. 14/958,758, filed on Dec. 3, 2015, granted, now 9,560,691.
Application 14/958,758 is a continuation of application No. 13/223,832, filed on Sep. 1, 2011, granted, now 9,220,128, issued on Dec. 22, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2017/0094715 A1, Mar. 30, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04B 7/15 (2006.01); H04W 84/10 (2009.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01); H04L 12/46 (2006.01); H04W 88/10 (2009.01); H04W 92/20 (2009.01)
CPC H04W 84/105 (2013.01) [H04L 12/4625 (2013.01); H04L 69/18 (2013.01); H04W 88/10 (2013.01); H04W 92/20 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A bridge system for enabling one or more prior generation user devices to dynamically couple with a LTE-based wireless communication network, the system comprising:
an external module external to a building for communicatively coupling:
via a first interface, with an internal module within the building that communicatively couples with the one or more prior generation user devices, and
via a second interface, with the LTE-based wireless communication network;
where a communication coupling between the external module and the internal module enables communication between the one or more prior generation user devices and the LTE-based wireless communication network;
where the internal module, based on a signal quality of the LTE-based wireless communication network at a point internal to the building, dynamically selects between using:
the internal module and the external module, or
only the internal module,
for enabling communication between the one or more prior generation user devices and the LTE-based wireless communication network;
where an interface between the internal module and the one or more prior generation user devices enables communication between the internal module and the one or more prior generation user devices using a different protocol; and
where a LTE-based wireless communication is converted to the different protocol and communicated to the one or more prior generation user devices.