Patents by Inventor Charles Hardt

Charles Hardt has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11381620
    Abstract: Transmitting from a wireless router a live stream of time stamped multimedia packets from a server which is capable of providing a system time clock value is disclosed. The wireless router includes a queue for storing the time stamped multimedia packets received from the live streaming server. The wireless router also includes a processor for analyzing the priority of the time stamped multimedia packets stored in the queue, for comparing the time stamps to the system time clock value, for calculating a transmission time to a video client, and for determining a transmission window to transmit the time stamped multimedia packets. The time stamped multimedia packets are discarded if the packets cannot be transmitted within the transmission window, or the time stamped packets are immediately transmitted if they can be transmitted within the transmission window. The priority of the packets in queue may be re-sorted prior to transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Albert F. Elcock, Christopher S. DelSordo
  • Patent number: 11329735
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, method, and algorithm achieve synchronization between video data executed on a video sink device and audio data executed on one or more Bluetooth audio sink devices. The electronic apparatus, method, and algorithm obtain calibration information for the one or more Bluetooth devices, determine a delay for outputting the video and audio data to the video sink device using the calibration information, control the Bluetooth transceiver to output the audio data to the one or more Bluetooth devices, and control the output circuit to output the video and audio data to the video sink device in accordance with the determined delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Scott Stilwell, Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin
  • Patent number: 11317146
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate an identification of a viewer based upon the proximity of an associated wireless device to an access point. An association between a wireless device, user, display device, and a position of the wireless device relative to an access point may be created and stored at the access point. The access point may monitor the position of the wireless device, wherein the position is based on the strength of a signal received from the wireless device at one or more receivers. When the access point determines that a position of the wireless device is associated with a display device, the access point may identify the user of the wireless device as a potential viewer of the display device. Targeted advertisements and set-top box functionality may be configured based on the identification of a viewer of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin, Scott Stilwell
  • Publication number: 20210345240
    Abstract: A server includes a processor configured to execute instructions stored on a memory to cause the server to: receive a client position signal; predict a future position of a client device based on a client device position signal providing location and velocity information about the client device; instruct a first access point device to provide a first Wi-Fi hotspot network with a first SSID, currently in use by the client device with another access point device, based on the predicted future position of the client device; and instruct a second access point device, which was previously providing a second Wi-Fi hotspot network with the first SSID, to stop providing the second Wi-Fi hotspot network with the first SSID after instructing the first access point device to provide the first Wi-Fi hotspot network with the first SSID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Chris DEL SORDO, James M. MOSS, Albert ELCOCK, Charles HARDT
  • Publication number: 20210250643
    Abstract: Disclosed are a network and method for transferring media content experience from a first smart media device to a second smart media device via an electronic program guide. Each of the smart media devices are pre-configured to have a unique name which is viewable from the electronic program guide, and to establish two way communications between the uniquely named first and second smart media devices. The electronic program guide is run on at least one of the smart media devices, and the electronic program guide is viewed on a display associated with at least one of the smart media devices. A user is provided a plurality of options to interact with the electronic program guide, including the option to transfer and view the media content experience selected on the first media device to the second smart media device. Preferably, the user selects options via voice commands or manually inputted commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Albert F. Elcock, Charles Hardt, Christopher S. DelSordo
  • Publication number: 20210243241
    Abstract: Transmitting from a wireless router a live stream of time stamped multimedia packets from a server which is capable of providing a system time clock value is disclosed. The wireless router includes a queue for storing the time stamped multimedia packets received from the live streaming server. The wireless router also includes a processor for analyzing the priority of the time stamped multimedia packets stored in the queue, for comparing the time stamps to the system time clock value, for calculating a transmission time to a video client, and for determining a transmission window to transmit the time stamped multimedia packets. The time stamped multimedia packets are discarded if the packets cannot be transmitted within the transmission window, or the time stamped packets are immediately transmitted if they can be transmitted within the transmission window. The priority of the packets in queue may be re-sorted prior to transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Albert F. Elcock, Christopher S. DelSordo
  • Publication number: 20210243823
    Abstract: System and method for displaying a graphical symbol as an SSID representative of a Wi-Fi network on a Wi-Fi client user device is disclosed, which includes storing a graphical symbol as an SSID for a Wi-Fi network at a network address based on a URL (the network address can be either internal or external to the Wi-Fi network); broadcasting an internal SSID and the URL in a broadcast message from a wireless access point device coupled to the Wi-Fi network to be accessed, the broadcasting performed by the wireless access point device operating independently of a Wi-Fi client user device; receiving the broadcast message at the Wi-Fi client user device; retrieving, by the Wi-Fi client user device, the graphical symbol stored at the network address using the internal SSID and the URL; and displaying, on the Wi-Fi client user device, the graphical symbol as the SSID for the Wi-Fi network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Albert F. Elcock, Charles Hardt, Christopher S. DelSordo
  • Publication number: 20210219235
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus used with a separate electronic device, and including: a first radio that wirelessly communicates with the electronic device at a first transmission power in a first power range according to a first wireless protocol; and a second radio that wirelessly communicates the electronic device at a second transmission power in a second power range, that is lower than the first power range, according to a second wireless protocol. The electronic apparatus includes a control circuit that determines whether the first radio is in a power-down state or a power-up state, determines whether a predetermined condition exists, powers-down the first radio when the predetermined condition exists, determines whether a predetermined message is received by the second radio, and powers-up the first radio when it is determined that the predetermined message is received while the first radio is in the power-down state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Charles HARDT, Dmitry BARABLIN
  • Patent number: 11032771
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus used with a separate electronic device, and including: a first radio that wirelessly communicates with the electronic device at a first transmission power in a first power range according to a first wireless protocol; and a second radio that wirelessly communicates the electronic device at a second transmission power in a second power range, that is lower than the first power range, according to a second wireless protocol. The electronic apparatus includes a control circuit that determines whether the first radio is in a power-down state or a power-up state, determines whether a predetermined condition exists, powers-down the first radio when the predetermined condition exists, determines whether a predetermined message is received by the second radio, and powers-up the first radio when it is determined that the predetermined message is received while the first radio is in the power-down state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin
  • Publication number: 20210083783
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, method, and algorithm achieve synchronization between video data executed on a video sink device and audio data executed on one or more Bluetooth audio sink devices. The electronic apparatus, method, and algorithm obtain calibration information for the one or more Bluetooth devices, determine a delay for outputting the video and audio data to the video sink device using the calibration information, control the Bluetooth transceiver to output the audio data to the one or more Bluetooth devices, and control the output circuit to output the video and audio data to the video sink device in accordance with the determined delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Scott STILWELL, Charles HARDT, Dmitry BARABLIN
  • Patent number: 10945230
    Abstract: A wireless network gateway redirects a wireless client device to a wireless network hotspot device. The wireless network gateway includes a hotspot location determining component, a client location determining component, a redirecting component and a communication component. The hotspot location determining component determines the location of the wireless network hotspot device. The client location determining component determines the location of the wireless client device. The redirecting component generates a redirection instruction based on the location of the wireless network hotspot device and the location of the wireless client device. The communication component transmits the redirection instruction to the wireless client device to instruct the wireless client device to redirect to the wireless network hotspot device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Albert F. Elcock, Christopher S. Del Sordo, Charles Hardt
  • Patent number: 10892833
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, method, and algorithm achieve synchronization between video data executed on a video sink device and audio data executed on one or more Bluetooth audio sink devices. The electronic apparatus, method, and algorithm obtain calibration information for the one or more Bluetooth devices, determine a delay for outputting the video and audio data to the video sink device using the calibration information, control the Bluetooth transceiver to output the audio data to the one or more Bluetooth devices, and control the output circuit to output the video and audio data to the video sink device in accordance with the determined delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Scott Stilwell, Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin
  • Publication number: 20200205114
    Abstract: A wireless network gateway redirects a wireless client device to a wireless network hotspot device. The wireless network gateway includes a hotspot location determining component, a client location determining component, a redirecting component and a communication component. The hotspot location determining component determines the location of the wireless network hotspot device. The client location determining component determines the location of the wireless client device. The redirecting component generates a redirection instruction based on the location of the wireless network hotspot device and the location of the wireless client device. The communication component transmits the redirection instruction to the wireless client device to instruct the wireless client device to redirect to the wireless network hotspot device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Albert F. Elcock, Christopher S. Del Sordo, Charles Hardt
  • Patent number: 10684907
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate automated repair analysis for client devices within a subscriber premise. A diagnostics controller may detect an error condition at a network element within a subscriber premise. When an error condition is detected, the diagnostics controller may retrieve identification information, an error code, and/or query parameters associated with the network element. The diagnostics controller may generate a query for repair analysis that includes the identification information, error code, and/or query parameters, and the diagnostics controller may output the query to an upstream server. In response, the diagnostics controller may receive a repair analysis that includes information associated with remedying the error condition. The diagnostics controller may generate and output for presentation a user interface that includes the information associated with remedying the error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. DelSordo, Albert F. Elcock, Charles Hardt
  • Patent number: 10686782
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media operate to facilitate the initiation of an initial fingerprint setup between an access point (AP) and two or more stations (STAs). An initial fingerprint setup process initiates a signal between the AP and each of the STAs and logs at least one signal function associated with each of the STAs for determining an initial location of the STAs relative to the AP. An initial fingerprint is generated from the initial fingerprint setup process. In one aspect the signal function associated with each of the STAs determines an initial location of the STAs relative to the AP based on signal strength. In another aspect, it comprises pulse time of the signal determined by a pulse timing operation. Methods, systems, and computer readable media described herein allow a provider to determine and monitor the relative location of wireless STAs in order to avoid resale theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Charles Hardt
  • Patent number: 10659365
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate the use of a station as a proxy for scanning one or more wireless channels. Upon a determination that a currently utilized wireless channel has become impaired, an access point may identify one or more idle wireless stations and may request that the one or more idle wireless stations perform a scan of one or more other wireless channels. The identified wireless station(s) may perform a scan of one or more other wireless channels and may provide an indication of the current level of congestion on each respective wireless channel to the access point. Based on the indication of the current congestion levels of each wireless channel, the access point may determine whether a more advantageous channel is available. If a more advantageous channel is available, the access point may tune to the more advantageous channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Hardt
  • Patent number: 10623274
    Abstract: A local area network (LAN) device pairs with an interne of things (IoT) device via a wireless mesh network and receives a status of the IoT device via the wireless mesh network. The LAN device stores the received IoT status with an IoT device identifier of the IoT device in an IoT device table in memory and detects a shutdown signal to power down the LAN device. Upon detecting the shutdown signal, the LAN device retrieves the IoT device status from an IoT device database in memory and sends the IoT device status to a display device. The set-top box retrieves a control command from a control profile based on received input to control the IoT device and transmits the retrieved IoT device control command to the IoT device via the wireless mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Albert F. Elcock, Charles Hardt, Christopher S. Del Sordo
  • Patent number: 10484942
    Abstract: A wireless access point managing apparatus that includes a radio, and wireless communication control circuitry that communicates information via the radio between the wireless access point managing apparatus and one or more electronic devices so as to provide a wireless access point to a network for the electronic devices. Processing circuitry performs access point management including: communicating with a separate apparatus that provides another wireless access point to the network; performing a determination as to whether shutdown of the wireless access point of the separate apparatus is appropriate; and sending a shutdown instruction to the separate apparatus if shutdown is determined to be appropriate, the shutdown instruction being an instruction to cause the separate apparatus to shut down a wireless access point radio in the separate apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin
  • Publication number: 20190313336
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus used with a separate electronic device, and including: a first radio that wirelessly communicates with the electronic device at a first transmission power in a first power range according to a first wireless protocol; and a second radio that wirelessly communicates the electronic device at a second transmission power in a second power range, that is lower than the first power range, according to a second wireless protocol. The electronic apparatus includes a control circuit that determines whether the first radio is in a power-down state or a power-up state, determines whether a predetermined condition exists, powers-down the first radio when the predetermined condition exists, determines whether a predetermined message is received by the second radio, and powers-up the first radio when it is determined that the predetermined message is received while the first radio is in the power-down state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin
  • Publication number: 20190306572
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate an identification of a viewer based upon the proximity of an associated wireless device to an access point. An association between a wireless device, user, display device, and a position of the wireless device relative to an access point may be created and stored at the access point. The access point may monitor the position of the wireless device, wherein the position is based on the strength of a signal received from the wireless device at one or more receivers. When the access point determines that a position of the wireless device is associated with a display device, the access point may identify the user of the wireless device as a potential viewer of the display device. Targeted advertisements and set-top box functionality may be configured based on the identification of a viewer of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin, Scott Stilwell