US 10,462,846 B2
Multi-service provider wireless access point
Robert J. Morrill, Overland Park, KS (US); and Charles I. Cook, Louisville, CO (US)
Assigned to CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC, Broomfield, CO (US)
Filed by CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC, Denver, CO (US)
Filed on Dec. 28, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/857,274.
Application 15/857,274 is a continuation of application No. 14/808,973, filed on Jul. 24, 2015, granted, now 9,872,339.
Application 14/808,973 is a continuation of application No. 13/827,163, filed on Mar. 14, 2013, granted, now 9,392,641, issued on Jul. 12, 2016.
Application 13/827,163 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/541,839, filed on Jul. 5, 2012, granted, now 9,497,800, issued on Nov. 15, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2018/0146508 A1, May 24, 2018
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04W 88/10 (2009.01); H04L 12/46 (2006.01); H04M 15/00 (2006.01); H04W 48/18 (2009.01)
CPC H04W 88/10 (2013.01) [H04L 12/4633 (2013.01); H04L 12/4641 (2013.01); H04M 15/51 (2013.01); H04W 48/18 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of providing wireless service for multiple service providers from a single access point, the method comprising:
providing a multi-service provider wireless access point having one or more radios to communicate with wireless devices and an uplink interface to provide an uplink connection to a plurality of wireless service providers;
establishing, for each of the plurality of wireless service providers, a dedicated management platform for each wireless service provider to manage wireless service provided by that wireless service provider;
providing a plurality of dedicated communication links, each of the plurality of dedicated communication links providing secure communication between the uplink interface and one of the wireless service providers;
receiving, via a first dedicated communication link, configuration data from the one of the wireless service providers;
configuring one or more radios assigned to the one of the wireless service providers based on the received configuration data; and
establishing one or more virtual private networks (“VPNs”) via the one or more configured radios assigned to the one of the wireless service providers.