Ericsson Scores Patent For Virtualized Home IP Service Delivery

Ericsson won a U.S. patent on Tuesday for an invention that could allow pay TV customers with mobile devices to share content from their subscription packages when they visit the homes of friends or family.

Haddad
Haddad

Principal engineer Wassim Haddad and distinguished engineer Joel Halpern are named as inventors on the patent, titled, “Architecture for virtualized home IP service delivery.”

Abstract: A method implemented by a network element of an Internet service provider to provide network access through a visited network associated with a visited network owner to a device of a visiting user connecting to the visited network. The visited network owner is a customer of the Internet service provider. The network element configures the visited network to provide access to resources of a remote home network to the device of the visiting user. The remote home network is in communication with the visited network over a wide area network. Connecting to a virtual gateway controller of the remote home network to obtain configuration information to establish a connection between the device and the remote home network. Establishing a connection between the device of the visiting user and a second access point. Providing access to the resource of the remote home network through the second access point.

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Halpern
Halpern

1. A method implemented by a network element of an Internet service provider executing a virtual gateway controller of a visited network at a Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) of the visited network to provide network access through the visited network associated with a visited network owner to a device of a visiting user connecting to the visited network, wherein the visited network owner is a customer of the Internet service provider, wherein the network element configures the visited network to provide access to resources of a remote home network to the device of the visiting user, wherein the remote home network is in communication with the visited network over a wide area network and the remote home network is configured by a virtual gateway controller of the remote home network executed at a BNG of the remote home network, the method comprising the steps of: receiving a connection request through a first access point of the visited network from the device of the visiting user; establishing the connection between the visited network and the device of the visiting user through the first access point; receiving a request from the device of the visiting user to connect to a resource of the remote home network through the first access point; connecting the virtual gateway controller of the visited network to the virtual gateway controller of the remote home network to obtain configuration information to establish a connection between the device and the remote home network; configuring a second access point on the visited network, the second access point for connecting to resources of the remote home network; establishing a connection between the device of the visiting user and the second access point; facilitating authentication of the device for the remote home network; and providing access to the resource of the remote home network through the second access point.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of: authenticating the device for the visited network.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the second access point is any one of a virtual local area network port and a service set identifier (SSID) of a wireless local area network.

4. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of: establishing a virtual local area network connection between the virtual gateway controller of the remote home network and the device on the visited network.

5. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of: providing access to a resource on the visited network to the device in response to approval of the visited network owner through a network configuration interface of the visited network.

6. The method of claim 5, further comprising the step of: querying, through the network configuration interface, the visited network owner of the visited network for approval in response to a resource request of the device.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the first access point is a guest network of the visited network.

8. A network element of an Internet service provider executing a virtual gateway controller of a visited network at a Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) of the visited network to provide network access through the visited network associated with a visited network owner to a device of a visiting user visiting the visited network of the visited network owner, wherein the visited network owner is a customer of the Internet service provider, wherein the network element configures the visited network of the visited network owner to provide access to resources of a remote home network to the device of the visiting user, wherein the remote home network is in communication with the visited network over a wide area network and the remote home network is configured by a virtual gateway controller of the remote home network executed at a BNG of the remote home network, the network element comprising: a network processor to execute the virtual gateway controller of the visited network and Internet services router, the Internet services router to forward data traffic to and from the visited network, the virtual gateway controller of the visited network communicatively coupled to the Internet services router and in communication with the visited network through a residential gateway, the virtual gateway controller of the visited network to manage configuration of the visited network, the virtual gateway controller of the visited network including a remote access module to connect the virtual gateway controller of the visited network to the virtual gateway controller of the remote home network to enable access to resources of the remote home network for the device of the visiting user through the visited network by connecting to the virtual gateway controller of the remote home network to obtain configuration information to establish a connection between the device and the remote home network, the virtual gateway controller of the visited network to configure the visited network to provide a separate access point in the visited network for the device to communicate with the remote home network and access resources of the remote home network.

9. The network element of claim 8, wherein the virtual gateway controller of the visited network further comprises: an authentication module to authenticate the device for the visited network.

10. The network element of claim 8, wherein the virtual gateway controller of the visited network configures the separate access point as any one of a virtual local area network port and a service set identifier (SSID) of a wireless local area network.

11. The network element of claim 8, wherein the remote access module is configured to establish a virtual local area network connection between the virtual gateway of the remote home network and the device on the visited network.