Patents by Inventor Robert L. Romerein

Robert L. Romerein 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).

  • Publication number: 20180288463
    Abstract: An active MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) gateway splitter device, including a CATV input port for receiving a CATV input signal, an amplifier for amplifying the CATV signal, at least one MoCA port (connectable to a MoCA device), a plurality of modem/gateway ports (each connectable to a modem or gateway device); and a diplex filter that includes a low-pass filter section and a high-pass filter section. The CATV input port is electrically connected to the modem/gateway ports via the low-pass filter section and the MoCA port is electrically connected to the modem/gateway ports via the high-pass filter section. Accordingly, the MoCA device can communicate bidirectionally with the modem/gateway devices over a higher frequency band, the modem/gateway devices can communicate bidirectionally with the CATV input port over a lower frequency band, and the MoCA device is electrically isolated from the CATV input port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J. Shapson, Jay Shapson, Matthew M. Shapson, Robert L. Romerein, Rong H. Li
  • Publication number: 20180288491
    Abstract: A MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) gateway splitter device, including a CATV input port (for receiving a CATV input signal), at least one MoCA port (connectable to a MoCA device), a plurality of modem/gateway ports (each connectable to a modem or gateway device); and a single diplex filter that includes a low-pass filter section and a high-pass filter section. The CATV input port is electrically connected to the modem/gateway ports via the low-pass filter section and the MoCA port is electrically connected to the modem/gateway ports via the high-pass filter section. Accordingly, the MoCA device can communicate bidirectionally with the modem/gateway devices over a higher frequency band, the modem/gateway devices can communicate bidirectionally with the CATV input port over a lower frequency band, and the MoCA device is electrically isolated from the CATV input port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J. Shapson, Jay Shapson, Matthew M. Shapson, Robert L. Romerein, Rong H. Li
  • Patent number: 9356796
    Abstract: A CATV/MoCA signal distribution system includes a first 2-way hybrid splitter for receiving a CATV input signal and splitting it into first and second CATV output signals, a second 2-way hybrid splitter for receiving the second CATV output signal and splitting it into third and fourth CATV output signals, with the latter being connected to a CATV output port. A first diplex filter is receptive of the first CATV output signal, and MoCA signals for providing electrical isolation therebetween and connecting them to a modem port. A second diplex filter is receptive of the third CATV output signal and MoCA signals for providing electrical isolation therebetween and connecting them to a Gateway port. A resistive splitter is connected between the first and second diplex filters and a plurality of individual MoCA signal ports for providing bidirectional MoCA signal flow therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Times Fiber Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Shapson, Jay Shapson, Matthew M. Shapson, Robert L. Romerein, Rong H. Li, Daniel Deutmeyer
  • Patent number: 8786996
    Abstract: In a grounded electrically conductive housing for an electrical device, common electrically conductive connection points for one or more components connected thereto to be protected from harmful voltage surges, are provided with a spark gap formed between the connection points and ground, via either electrically conductive surge rods, electrode chips, or eyelets for conducting the voltage surges across the spark gap to ground thereby protecting the associated components from damage due to a voltage surge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson, Robert L. Romerein
  • Patent number: 8763063
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlled splitting and isolation of signals in a radio frequency network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and the apparatus comprises a signal splitter having controlled isolation loss at its output ports in at least one frequency band, thereby enabling communications between terminal devices at the subscriber premises that would otherwise be isolated by high losses typical of prior art splitters. The splitter apparatus can also be utilized with a filter/reflector circuit that advantageously provides maximal downstream frequency spectrum bandwidth while suitably reflecting the aforementioned communications to maintain them within the subscriber-side network without interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Paul D. Brooks, Robert L. Romerein
  • Patent number: 8152125
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Patent number: 8136787
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Patent number: 8095098
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the management of radio frequency spectrum within a network such as a CATV network. In one aspect of the invention, an improved signal reflector apparatus adapted for use in the network is disclosed, the reflector circuit being designed to strongly reflect signal frequencies at the lower end of the CATV reverse band, and/or above the higher end of the forward band, while simultaneously allowing the rest of the reverse band and the entire forward band to pass freely through the device. This selective filtering of the spectrum allows control signals generated within a premises or private network to be directed (by reflection) to other devices within that network. A blocking element (e.g., amplifier) may also be used to provide control of the transmission and attenuation profile of the reflector apparatus. The passage of power signals such as DC or low frequency AC is also optionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Brooks, Robert L. Romerein
  • Publication number: 20110192939
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Publication number: 20110186694
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Patent number: 7974586
    Abstract: A passive directional coupler is receptive of VoIP, Internet, and video/data signals, and is used in a CATV amplifier device to couple the video/data signals from a cable drop input port to the input terminal of an amplifier, and to passively bypass the VoIP and Internet signals to a modem port, for insuring continuous connection of the VoIP and Internet signals to the a modem of a user connected to the modem port, regardless of the loss of power to the amplifier or the failure of the amplifier, in one embodiment of the invention. In another embodiment, a switching circuit is responsive to the loss of power to the amplifier, for electrically connecting a 75 ohm resistor between a source of reference potential, and the common connection between the directional coupler and the amplifier, for maintaining a 75 ohm impedance at the directional coupler output to the common connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Jay F. Shapson
  • Patent number: 7963497
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Patent number: 7918430
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Publication number: 20110031365
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson, Jay F. Shapson
  • Publication number: 20090314907
    Abstract: A device mounting apparatus includes a mounting base portion having a plurality of opposing pairs of rails. The mounting base portion is adapted for mounting on a support structure. The apparatus further includes a mounting tab affixed to a device for snap in mounting between a pair of rails, whereby the device is captively retained on the mounting base portion, and can be disengaged therefrom by snapping the mounting tabs out of the associated pairs of rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Brian J. Shapson
  • Publication number: 20090077608
    Abstract: A passive directional coupler is receptive of VoIP, Internet, and video/data signals, and is used in a CATV amplifier device to couple the video/data signals from a cable drop input port to the input terminal of an amplifier, and to passively bypass the VoIP and Internet signals to a modem port, for insuring continuous connection of the VoIP and Internet signals to the a modem of a user connected to the modem port, regardless of the loss of power to the amplifier or the failure of the amplifier, in one embodiment of the invention. In another embodiment, a switching circuit is responsive to the loss of power to the amplifier, for electrically connecting a 75 ohm resistor between a source of reference potential, and the common connection between the directional coupler and the amplifier, for maintaining a 75 ohm impedance at the directional coupler output to the common connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, Jay F. Shapson
  • Patent number: 7296938
    Abstract: An optical to RF interface connector has a cellular housing that has a back most portion configured for press fitting into a hole of the housing of an electro-optical apparatus, with the hole and back most portion of the shell being key to one another to insure proper orientation of the connector. The press fitting is further configured for providing both an RF seal, and moisture seal. The frontmost portion of the connector shell is configured for securely coupling to an optical interface male connector that is attached to an end of a fiber optic cable. The innermost portion of a connector shell is further configured for receiving and retaining therein either a auto detector or light detecting device for converting optical signals received from the fiber optic cable into electrical signals for processing, or is light transmitting device for converting electrical signals into optical signals for transmission over the associated fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Jay F. Shapson, Robert L. Romerein
  • Patent number: 6081169
    Abstract: A conducting housing (to be closed by a lid) for a coaxial cable distribution network has a common port and one of an aerial or pedestal port. A motherboard carries an RF circuit and a transfer switch. In one setting of the transfer switch the RF circuit connects a coaxial pin at the common port with a coaxial pin at the pedestal port. In the other setting the common port pin is connected to the aerial port pin. When the aerial port is used on a rectangular housing, a transmission line forms part of the RF circuit between the motherboard and the aerial port. The transmission is preferably a central conductor spaced over most of its length by air from an outer conductor in the form of an inverted U enclosing the central conductor on three sides. Preferably a ground plane on the back of the motherboard connects to the transmission line outer conductor to provide a path entry in the housing at both ends for ground currents generated by signals in the RF path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: J.E. Thomas Specialties Limited
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, David B. Crowhurst, Zdenek J. Nepovim, Kenneth W. Lynes
  • Patent number: 5834989
    Abstract: A conducting housing (to be closed by a lid) for a coaxial cable distribution network has a common port and one of an aerial or pedestal port. A motherboard carries an RF circuit and a transfer switch. In one setting of the transfer switch the RF circuit connects a coaxial pin at the common port with a coaxial pin at the pedestal port. In the other setting the common port pin is connected to the aerial port pin. When the aerial port is used on a rectangular housing, a transmission line forms part of the RF circuit between the motherboard and the aerial port. The transmission is preferably a central conductor spaced over most of its length by air from an outer conductor in the form of an inverted U enclosing the central conductor on three sides. Preferably a ground plane on the back of the motherboard connects to the transmission line outer conductor to provide a path entry in the housing at both ends for ground currents generated by signals in the RF path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: J.E. Thomas Specialties Limited
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, David B. Crowhurst, Zdenek J. Nepovim, Kenneth W. Lynes
  • Patent number: 5828272
    Abstract: A conducting housing for use in a coaxial cable distribution system is of larger length than width and defines an RF signal path therein. A part of the RF signal path is the inner conductor of inner and outer approximately co-extensive conductors. The inner conductor except near its ends has only air separating it from the outer conductor. The outer conductor will usually be of a U-shape lying, in section, on three sides of the central conductor. The outer conductor may be structually combined with an insulating plate supporting the remainder of the RF circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: J. E. Thomas Specialties Limited
    Inventors: Robert L. Romerein, David B. Crowhurst