US Patent No: 6,243,571

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Method and system for distribution of wireless signals for increased wireless coverage using power lines

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A method and system for the reception, conversion and distribution of wireless communication signals received from such communication devices as PCS, Cellular, and Satellite over AC power lines commonly found within a building, office, home or other structure is disclosed. This invention specifically provides for the distribution of wireless signals in structures where otherwise signal degradation and/or blockage are common. Moreover, this invention takes advantage of the existing AC power lines to create a communication channel avoiding the necessity of rewiring the building or other structure. This invention provides important improvements to the signal coverage and reception of wireless transmitted signals within buildings and other structures and does so in an efficient and cost effective manner.

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LOW ENVIRON AG, LLCDOVER, DE23

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bullock, Scott R South Jordan, UT 20 588
Knab, John M Sandy, UT 7 448

Cited Art Landscape

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Echelon Corporation (7)
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5,463,662 Apparatus and method for reducing errors in data caused by noise through use of blanking 26 1994
 
PHONEX CORPORATION (6)
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5,911,119 Secure cordless telephone extension system and method 53 1996
 
ABB POWER T&D COMPANY, INC., A DE CORP. (5)
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4,746,897 Apparatus for transmitting and receiving a power line 78 1987
4,962,496 Transmission of data via power lines 83 1988
4,890,089 Distribution of line carrier communications 58 1988
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (5)
4,323,882 Method of, and apparatus for, inserting carrier frequency signal information onto distribution transformer primary winding 80 1980
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4,609,839 Noise inverter circuit for a power line communication system 19 1984
4,745,391 Method of, and apparatus for, information communication via a power line conductor 106 1987
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD. (3)
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4,556,865 Data transmission system utilizing power line 35 1982
4,599,598 Data transmission system utilizing power line 82 1985
 
NEC CORPORATION (3)
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4,864,589 Spread spectrum power line communications 109 1986
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New England Power Service Company (3)
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5,262,755 Inbound communications using electricity distribution network 25 1991
 
Honeywell Information Systems Inc. (2)
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ITRON, INC. (2)
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LGZ Landis & Gyr Zug AG (2)
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PHONEX BROADBAND CORPORATION (2)
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4,847,903 Wireless remote speaker system 59 1987
 
Robertshaw Controls Company (2)
4,344,066 Noise trap arrangement for AC power line communication systems 21 1980
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SGS-Thomson Microelectronics S.A. (2)
5,406,248 Method and apparatus for managing information transmissions on an electrical distribution circuit 22 1992
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SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA (2)
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WIRE 21, INC. (2)
5,351,272 Communications apparatus and method for transmitting and receiving multiple modulated signals over electrical lines 146 1992
5,559,377 Transformer coupler for communication over various lines 126 1994
 
ABB METERING SYSTEMS LIMITED (1)
4,254,403 Systems for transmitting information in an alternating current electricity supply system 31 1979
 
Amtel Systems Corporation (1)
4,538,136 Power line communication system utilizing a local oscillator 77 1981
 
AT&T Bell Laboratories (1)
5,136,612 Method and apparatus for reducing effects of multiple access interference in a radio receiver in a code division multiple access communication system 103 1990
 
COMSOURCE SYSTEMS CORPORATION (1)
5,168,510 Spread spectrum-time diversity communications systems and transceivers for multidrop area networks 62 1989
 
DATAWATT B.V. A CORPORATION OF THE NETHERLANDS (1)
4,809,296 Method for transmitting data via the lines of a power supply system 51 1987
 
DATRAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION (1)
5,452,344 Communication over power lines 168 1993
 
DBI CORPORATION (1)
5,448,593 Frequency hopping time-diversity communications systems and transceivers for local area networks 54 1992
 
ECHELON SYSTEMS (1)
5,241,283 Drive amplifier for power line communications 48 1992
 
Echelon Systems Corporation (1)
5,257,006 Method and apparatus for power line communications 154 1990
 
ECHELON SYSTEMS, INC., A CORPORATION OF DE (1)
5,289,476 Transmission mode detection in a modulated communication system 105 1991
 
Electronic Innovators, Inc. (1)
5,349,644 Distributed intelligence engineering casualty and damage control management system using an AC power line carrier-current lan 51 1993
 
Elsmark A/S (1)
4,408,185 Process for transferring information and system for carrying out the process 59 1980
 
Enertec (1)
4,763,103 Process and method for wide band transmission, particularly for data transmission over an electricity distribution network 32 1986
 
FERRANTI SUBSEA SYSTEMS, LTD., A CORP OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (1)
4,641,126 Multiple-mode electrical power and communications interface 35 1984
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
5,063,563 Communication terminal having means for controlling power transfer 33 1990
 
GE SECURITY, INC. (1)
5,770,996 Transformer system for power line communications 53 1996
 
Goldstar Co., Ltd. (1)
5,155,466 Automatic frequency control system 23 1991
 
GPT LIMITED (1)
5,745,552 Line communication systems incorporating mains electricity conductors for communications 3 1995
 
Hazeltine Corporation (1)
4,535,447 Remote monitoring system transmitter 22 1983
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
4,774,493 Method and apparatus for transferring information into electronic systems 16 1986
 
Hillier Technologies Limited Partnership (1)
4,995,053 Remote control system, components and methods 98 1990
 
HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY, LTD. (1)
5,003,457 Simultaneous data and electric power transmitting/receiving system 51 1988
 
HONEYWELL REGELSYSTEME GMBH (1)
5,049,876 Data communication system 20 1989
 
INTEL CORPORATION (1)
5,187,865 Method of coupling lf signals by means of power line communications coupler 20 1992
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (1)
5,151,383 Method for producing high energy electroluminescent devices 8 1989
 
IXYS CORPORATION (1)
5,424,709 Circuit for providing isolation between components of a power control system and for communicating power and data through the isolation media 41 1993
 
LOW ENVIRON AG, LLC (1)
5,970,127 Caller identification system for wireless phone jacks and wireless modem jacks 75 1997
 
MAITRE T', A CORP. OF AZ. (1)
4,556,864 Apparatus and method for communicating digital information on AC power lines 50 1982
 
NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION (1)
5,467,011 System for detection of the phase of an electrical signal on an alternating circuit power line 33 1994
 
NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION (1)
4,642,607 Power line carrier communications system transformer bridge 142 1985
 
NEC Home Electronics Ltd. (1)
4,866,733 Radio bus system 62 1987
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION (1)
5,504,454 Demodulator for powerline carrier communications 53 1995
 
NXP B.V. (1)
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OSAKI ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (1)
4,988,972 Method for transmitting and receiving signals over transmission power lines 33 1989
 
P.S. Paging System, A.B. (1)
4,507,646 Radio communication system 15 1983
 
PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA (1)
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PCTEL MARYLAND, INC. (1)
5,937,342 Wireless local distribution system using standard power lines 103 1997
 
Phoenix Corporation (1)
5,319,634 Multiple access telephone extension systems and methods 219 1991
 
PHONEX HOLDINGS L.P. (1)
5,066,939 Method and means of operating a power line carrier communication system 132 1989
 
Pico Electronics Limited (1)
4,638,299 Electrical appliance control 55 1983
 
POWERLINE INNOVATIONS, LLC (1)
5,471,190 Method and apparatus for resource allocation in a communication network system 78 1992
 
PULSAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
4,471,399 Power-line baseband communication system 96 1982
 
QUALCOMM ATHEROS, INC. (1)
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QUALCOMM INCORPORATED (1)
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RCA LICENSING CORPORATION, TWO INDEPENDENCE WAY, PRINCETON, NJ 08540, A CORP. OF DE (1)
4,386,436 Television remote control system for selectively controlling external apparatus through the AC power line 192 1981
 
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (1)
4,473,817 Coupling power line communications signals around distribution transformers 82 1982
 
ROHM CO., LTD. (1)
5,533,101 Extension phone type cordless telephone set 42 1994
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
4,556,866 Power line carrier FSK data system 52 1983
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,321,581 Powerline carrier control system 24 1979
 
SOPHISTICATED POWERLINE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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TELEAUTOTOGRAPH CORPORATION (1)
4,638,298 Communication system having message repeating terminals 124 1985
 
The Siemon Company (1)
5,065,133 Method and apparatus converting digital signals to analog signals and simultaneous transmission of AC power and signals over wire conductors 64 1989
 
The Toro Company (1)
4,222,035 Multiplex system having digital coded power line signals 30 1978
 
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (1)
4,835,517 Modem for pseudo noise communication on A.C. lines 181 1984
 
Total Energy Management Consultants Corp. (TEMCO) (1)
4,749,992 Utility monitoring and control system 184 1986
 
TREBLE INVESTMENTS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
5,832,364 Distributing wireless system carrier signals within a building using existing power line wiring 40 1995
 
U.S. Philips Corporation (1)
4,783,780 Method and apparatus for selecting a free channel in a mobile radio system 96 1986
 
ULTRACISION, INC. (1)
4,788,527 Apparatus and method for device control using a two conductor power line 35 1984
 
UNWIRED PLANET, LLC (1)
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VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC. (1)
5,630,204 Customer premise wireless distribution of broad band signals and two-way communication of control signals over power lines 176 1995
 
VULCAN VENTURES INC. (1)
5,406,249 Method and structure for coupling power-line carrier current signals using common-mode coupling 85 1993
 
WIZER, ELSIE (1)
5,127,045 Identifying telephone controller system 41 1989
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (8)
4,239,940 Carrier current communications system 52 1978
4,442,319 Telephone accessible appliance control system 55 1981
4,701,945 Carrier current transceiver 102 1984
4,912,553 Wideband video system for single power line communications 79 1988
5,327,230 Video multiplying system 70 1992
5,412,369 Two-wire control system 24 1993
5,623,531 Auxiliary power for telephone distribution system 43 1994
5,554,968 Data communication using power lines 92 1994

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CONVERSANT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INC. (67)
7,436,842 Outlet with analog signal adapter, a method for use thereof and a network using said outlet 8 2001
7,542,554 Telephone outlet with packet telephony adapter, and a network using same 9 2001
7,522,615 Addressable outlet, and a network using same 8 2003
7,746,905 Private telephone network connected to more than one public network 2 2004
7,867,035 Modular outlet 5 2004
8,243,918 Outlet add-on module 1 2004
7,466,722 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 1 2004
7,483,524 Network for telephony and data communication 21 2004
7,680,255 Telephone outlet with packet telephony adaptor, and a network using same 3 2004
7,933,297 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 2 2004
7,769,030 Telephone outlet with packet telephony adapter, and a network using same 9 2004
7,397,791 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 2 2005
7,521,943 Device, method and system for estimating the termination to a wired transmission-line based on determination of characteristic impedance 3 2005
7,876,767 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 2 2005
7,715,441 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 7 2005
7,633,966 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 14 2005
7,221,679 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 8 2005
7,965,735 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 1 2005
8,325,636 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 0 2005
7,453,895 Outlet with analog signal adapter, a method for use thereof and a network using said outlet 15 2005
7,522,714 Telephone outlet for implementing a local area network over telephone lines and a local area network using such outlets 4 2006
7,197,028 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 1 2006
7,274,688 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 1 2006
7,715,534 Telephone outlet for implementing a local area network over telephone lines and a local area network using such outlets 3 2006
7,978,726 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 2 2006
7,688,841 Modular outlet 7 2006
7,690,949 Modular outlet 9 2006
7,686,653 Modular outlet 4 2006
7,636,373 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 17 2006
8,238,328 Telephone system having multiple distinct sources and accessories therefor 2 2006
7,873,062 Modular outlet 4 2007
7,738,453 Telephone system having multiple sources and accessories therefor 3 2007
7,656,904 Telephone system having multiple distinct sources and accessories therefor 3 2007
8,000,349 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 3 2007
7,986,708 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 2 2007
8,542,819 Outlet add-on module 1 2007
8,295,185 Addressable outlet for use in wired local area network 2 2007
7,593,394 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 0 2007
7,953,071 Outlet with analog signal adapter, a method for use thereof and a network using said outlet 4 2008
7,873,058 Outlet with analog signal adapter, a method for use thereof and a network using said outlet 5 2008
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7,911,992 Addressable outlet, and a network using the same 3 2008
8,611,528 Outlet add-on module 0 2008
7,990,908 Addressable outlet, and a network using the same 5 2008
7,919,970 Device, method and system for estimating the termination to a wired transmission-line based on determination of characteristic impedance 0 2008
7,756,268 Outlet add-on module 2 2008
8,565,417 Outlet add-on module 0 2008
7,881,462 Outlet add-on module 3 2008
8,223,800 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 0 2008
7,852,874 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 5 2008
8,391,470 Device, method and system for estimating the termination to a wired transmission-line based on determination of characteristic impedance 0 2008
7,889,720 Outlet with analog signal adapter, a method for use thereof and a network using said outlet 5 2008
8,351,582 Network for telephony and data communication 1 2008
8,289,991 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 0 2009
8,761,186 Telephone outlet with packet telephony adapter, and a network using same 0 2010
8,472,593 Telephone outlet with packet telephony adaptor, and a network using same 1 2010
8,363,797 Telephone outlet for implementing a local area network over telephone lines and a local area network using such outlets 3 2010
8,867,506 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 0 2010
8,092,258 Modular outlet 3 2011
8,235,755 Modular outlet 0 2011
8,360,810 Modular outlet 2 2011
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8,559,422 Telephone communication system over a single telephone line 0 2012
8,848,725 Network combining wired and non-wired segments 0 2012
8,867,523 Local area network of serial intelligent cells 0 2012
8,855,277 Telephone outlet for implementing a local area network over telephone lines and a local area network using such outlets 0 2013
8,591,264 Modular outlet 0 2013
 
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6,958,680 Power line communication system and method of using the same 79 2001
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7,046,124 Power line coupling device and method of using the same 22 2003
6,980,090 Device and method for coupling with electrical distribution network infrastructure to provide communications 57 2003
6,950,567 Method and apparatus for providing inductive coupling and decoupling of high-frequency, high-bandwidth data signals directly on and off of a high voltage power line 70 2003
7,075,414 Device and method for communicating data signals through multiple power line conductors 68 2003
6,980,091 Power line communication system and method of operating the same 64 2003
6,965,303 Power line communication system and method 74 2003
7,113,134 Transformer antenna device and method of using the same 23 2004
7,187,276 Power line communication system and method of using the same 2 2004
7,250,848 Power line communication apparatus and method of using the same 10 2005
7,307,511 Power line communication system and method 5 2005
7,046,882 Power line communication system and method 53 2005
7,508,834 Wireless link for power line communications system 4 2005
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7,245,212 Power line communication apparatus and method of using the same 9 2005
7,248,158 Automated meter reading power line communication system and method 20 2006
7,218,219 Data communication over a power line 5 2006
7,453,352 Data communication over a power line 2 2007
7,598,844 Power line communications module and method 7 2007
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7,701,325 Power line communication apparatus and method of using the same 9 2007
 
CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS WIRELESS LTD (5)
7,813,451 Apparatus and method for frequency shifting of a wireless signal and systems using frequency shifting 46 2006
8,325,759 System and method for carrying a wireless based signal over wiring 0 2008
8,594,133 Communication system using low bandwidth wires 0 2008
8,175,649 Method and system for real time control of an active antenna over a distributed antenna system 0 2009
8,184,681 Apparatus and method for frequency shifting of a wireless signal and systems using frequency shifting 3 2010
 
INTERNATIONAL BROADBAND ELECTRIC COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (4)
7,319,717 Device and method for enabling communications signals using a medium voltage power line 26 2005
7,522,812 Coupling of communications signals to a power line 5 2006
7,667,344 Coupling communications signals to underground power lines 6 2006
7,778,514 Coupling of communications signals to a power line 1 2008
 
SUBAUDITION WIRELESS LLC (3)
6,980,089 Non-intrusive coupling to shielded power cable 49 2001
7,053,756 Facilitating communication of data signals on electric power systems 29 2001
6,982,611 Power line coupling device and method of using the same 20 2002
 
AMPERION, INC. (2)
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NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (2)
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7,853,238 Powerline base station 0 2007
 
COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY (1)
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GOOGLE INC. (1)
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International Broadband Communications, Inc. (1)
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LOW ENVIRON AG, LLC (1)
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MOSAID TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED (1)
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OPTICAL CABLE CORPORATION (1)
8,798,529 Method and apparatus for enhancing wireless communications to and from the inside of a building 0 2011
 
SWISSCOM AG (1)
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