US Patent No: 5,978,371

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Communications module base repeater

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A repeater communications module (RCM) that enhances signals in a communications network comprises a processor coupled to a communications medium and optionally to a host application. The RCM operates in one of two modes: (1) interface or host application controlled, and (2) standalone. In the interface mode, the RCM receives packets from a host application, modifies the packets and transmits message packets in accordance with a transmit role table (TRT). In standalone mode, the RCM initiates packets and transmits message packets in accordance with the TRT. All RCMs can be configured to repeat message packets which are received from the communications medium in accordance with a repeater role table (RRT).

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  • ELSTER ELECTRICITY, LLC

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Mason, Jr Robert T Raleigh, NC 15 737
York, Ted H Raleigh, NC 1 131

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7,236,765 Data communication over power lines 73 2003
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9,129,497 Systems and methods for monitoring conditions 0 2011
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9,111,240 System and method for transmitting pollution information over an integrated wireless network 0 2012
8,467,734 Wireless transceiver within an electrical receptacle system 1 2012
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