Patents by Inventor Simon Ringland

Simon Ringland 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: 10856155
    Abstract: In wireless local area networks (WLANs) having a wireless access point and a plurality of client devices, the range of the WLAN is affected by obstructions and sources of interference. This may result in coverage gaps in the WLAN. A method is described for operating a mobile wireless device to simulate the behavior of a WLAN extender to improve the coverage of the WLAN. The performance of a data link between the simulated extender device and the wireless access point, and performance of a data link between the simulated extender device and the plurality of client devices, is measured at various locations within the user premises. The results are processed to determine the benefit provided at the various locations by an extender device and a recommended location is provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Francis Scahill, Simon Ringland
  • Publication number: 20200336469
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of processing a data packet received by a packet sniffer, the packet containing an associated identifier, the method including transmitting the packet to a recipient, determining if the identifier corresponds to a particular network, wherein if the identifier is determined to correspond to the particular network, the identifier is provided to the recipient; and if the identifier is determined to not correspond to the particular network, the identifier is withheld from the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon RINGLAND, Francis SCAHILL, Timothy TWELL
  • Patent number: 10772129
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for controlling wireless communication between a first wireless access point and one or more user devices, the first access point having an interface for communication with the user devices on one or more wireless communication channels in a predetermined frequency range, and also being configured to communicate with one or more other wireless access points. The access points each have a radar detector operable to detect possible radar signals within the frequency range, and are configured to provide information indicative of whether or not possible radar signals have been detected. The first access point receives communications relating to information provided by the other access points, and starts or stops wireless communications with its user devices on a particular channel based on whether or not it has detected possible radar signals together with whether or not the other wireless access points have detected possible radar signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: British Telecommuncations Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill
  • Patent number: 10594596
    Abstract: In Multipath Transport Layer Protocol (MPTCP) data transmission, data packets are sent from a transmitter to a receiver over at least two data paths, for example using a cellular data connection and a wireless network data connection. An apparatus located at a common point in the data paths is used to monitor the characteristics of any data flows in a MPTCP connection and to manipulate the packet characteristics of the data flows to ensure the MPTCP performance matches a predetermined data distribution target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Francis Scahill, Richard Evenden, Simon Ringland
  • Publication number: 20200022217
    Abstract: In hybrid access broadband systems, bandwidth provided via a Digital Subscriber Line or cable broadband link is supplemented with bandwidth provided by a Long Term Evolution cellular data link. A user device having both wireless local area network and LTE network access is used to simulate an LTE modem. The performance of a data connection to the LTE network and a home gateway via a WLAN is measured at various locations within the user premises. The results are processed to determine the hybrid access benefit provided at the various locations and a recommended location for installation of the LTE modem is determined for the user premises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon RINGLAND, Francis SCAHILL, Timothy TWELL
  • Patent number: 10531363
    Abstract: A method of controlling wireless Internet access is disclosed. A problem with conventional wireless Internet access is that users of wireless Internet access devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers are often presented with an indication of the availability of an Internet connection, but find when they try to use that connection that it is of a disappointing quality. In some cases, the disappointing quality is caused by a poor radio link between the wireless device and an access point. In order to alleviate the problem in those cases, a method of controlling wireless Internet access is disclosed in which the attachment of a wireless device to a wireless network triggers the access point providing that wireless network to send the wireless device a series of test frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: David Townend, Francis Scahill, Simon Ringland
  • Publication number: 20190387415
    Abstract: In wireless local area networks (WLANs) having a wireless access point and a plurality of client devices, the range of the WLAN is affected by obstructions and sources of interference. This may result in coverage gaps in the WLAN. A method is described for operating a mobile wireless device to simulate the behavior of a WLAN extender to improve the coverage of the WLAN. The performance of a data link between the simulated extender device and the wireless access point, and performance of a data link between the simulated extender device and the plurality of client devices, is measured at various locations within the user premises. The results are processed to determine the benefit provided at the various locations by an extender device and a recommended location is provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Francis SCAHILL, Simon RINGLAND
  • Publication number: 20190364598
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for controlling wireless communication between a first wireless access point and one or more user devices, the first access point having an interface for communication with the user devices on one or more wireless communication channels in a predetermined frequency range, and also being configured to communicate with one or more other wireless access points. The access points each have a radar detector operable to detect possible radar signals within the frequency range, and are configured to provide information indicative of whether or not possible radar signals have been detected. The first access point receives communications relating to information provided by the other access points, and starts or stops wireless communications with its user devices on a particular channel based on whether or not it has detected possible radar signals together with whether or not the other wireless access points have detected possible radar signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill
  • Publication number: 20190335516
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns automatic pairing of a user's new device wirelessly with the user's private wireless access point. An open WLAN is used to connect a wireless pairing client (WPC) in the device with a pairing initiation server (PIS) in an ISP's network. If the open WLAN uses a “captive portal” to redirect HTTPS requests to a login page, a “pinhole” is provided so that HTTP requests addressed to the PIS are not redirected. The device stores the SSID of a suitable open WLAN and connects automatically when powered up. The WPC makes an HTTP request, including an ID for the device, to the PIS. The PIS uses the device ID to retrieve an IP address of the user's access point. The PIS then sends instruction to WPS Pairing Initiator Clients, the device and the access point to initiate a Wi-Fi Protected Setup PBC procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, James Gardiner
  • Publication number: 20190335323
    Abstract: A method for the automatic pairing of a device (401) wirelessly with a user's secure WLAN provided by an access point (403), the pairing access point (403), that provides the secure wireless LAN and a second wireless LAN (e.g. a public Wi-Fi hotspot). A connection is established automatically between the device (401) and a wireless LAN provided by an available access point (410) using security credentials stored on the device (401). If it is determined that the available access point (410) is also the pairing access point (403), using the established connection to securely transfer second security credentials from the available access point (410) to the device (401). The transferred second security credentials can then be used to establish a secure connection between the device (401) and the first secure wireless LAN provided by the pairing access point (403).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill
  • Publication number: 20190335324
    Abstract: A method for the automatic pairing of a device wirelessly with a first secure WLAN provided by a pairing access point using first set of security credentials, involving: establishing automatically a connection between the device and a second WLAN provided by an available access point, and authenticating the device with the second WLAN using a second set of security credentials stored on the device; identifying the pairing access point using the second set of security credentials; creating a tunnel between the device and the pairing access point over the second WLAN; making a request from the device, via the tunnel, to a provisioning server on the pairing access point for transfer of the second set of security credentials, being the security credentials needed to pair with the first secure WLAN, from the pairing access point to the device; and using the second set of security credentials to configure the security settings for the first secure WLAN in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill
  • Patent number: 10462698
    Abstract: A wireless router having a WiFi wireless network and including a small cell for routing LTE cellular data to a mobile network core is configured to monitor connected mobile devices and determine whether each mobile device should be connect to the hub using WiFi or LTE in accordance with the current utilization of the WiFi network and the current utilization of the LTE small cell. Since the small cell data traffic is encrypted in a data tunnel to the mobile network core, the network identity information of the device's WiFi interface and the device's LTE interface is determined by consulting an address mapping store in the cellular mobile network core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill, Richard Evenden
  • Patent number: 10356706
    Abstract: A wireless router having a WiFi wireless network and including a small cell for routing LTE cellular data to a mobile network core is configured to monitor connected mobile devices and determine whether each mobile device should be connect to the hub using WiFi or LTE in accordance with the current utilization of the WiFi network and the current utilization of the LTE small cell. Since the small cell data traffic transmitted in a data tunnel to the mobile network core is accessible to the monitor, the network identity information of the device's WiFi interface and the device's LTE interface can be determined by consulting an address mapping store in the cellular mobile network core. Furthermore presence information can be determined by detecting connection and disconnection messages between the mobile device and cellular network core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill, Richard Evenden
  • Patent number: 10231177
    Abstract: A wireless router having a WiFi wireless network and including a small cell for routing LTE cellular data to a mobile network core is configured to monitor connected mobile devices and determine whether each mobile device should be connect to the hub using WiFi or LTE in accordance with the current utilization of the WiFi network and the current utilization of the LTE small cell. The network identity information of the device's WiFi interface and the device's LTE interface is provided by an application operating on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon Ringland, Francis Scahill, Richard Evenden
  • Patent number: 10075862
    Abstract: Wireless access point devices having wireless networks operating in accordance with 802.11b/g 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi can be affected by out-of-band interference caused by LTE small cell devices such as macrocells and femtocells. The wireless access points detect such interference devices using a flow processor to monitor the characteristics of data flows of devices connected to the wireless access point to determine whether they are LTE cells based on MAC address matching or the termination of a flow at a known mobile network operator gateway. When a cell is detected, the wireless access point scans for neighboring wireless networks of neighboring wireless access points which may also be affected by the interference generated by the LTE cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Francis Scahill, Simon Ringland, David Townend, Richard Evenden
  • Publication number: 20180254979
    Abstract: In Multipath Transport Layer Protocol (MPTCP) data transmission, data packets are sent from a transmitter to a receiver over at least two data paths, for example using a cellular data connection and a wireless network data connection. An apparatus located at a common point in the data paths is used to monitor the characteristics of any data flows in a MPTCP connection and to manipulate the packet characteristics of the data flows to ensure the MPTCP performance matches a predetermined data distribution target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Francis SCAHILL, Richard EVENDEN, Simon RINGLAND
  • Patent number: 10015686
    Abstract: In a system of wireless access point routing devices each creating a wireless network, a management server monitors the performance of the wireless networks to identify performance degradation. Any wireless networks experiencing performance degradation are grouped by region to determine whether a common cause for the degradation is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: David Townend, Francis Scahill, Simon Ringland
  • Patent number: 9998248
    Abstract: A management server for managing a population of wireless access point devices by detecting out-of-band interference to the operation of the wireless access point Wi-Fi networks caused by LTE small cell devices such as macrocells and femtocells. A flow processor monitors the characteristics of data flows of devices connected to the wireless access point to determine whether they are LTE cells based on MAC address matching or the termination of a flow at a known mobile network operator gateway. A mitigation action to change the operational behavior of the wireless access point is then generated and applied to mitigate the effect of the detected interference device on the Wi-Fi network. The management server further determines, using a data store containing the location of the wireless access points, whether other wireless access points will be affected by the presence of the interference device and sends mitigation actions to potentially affected devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Francis Scahill, Simon Ringland, David Townend, Richard Evenden
  • Publication number: 20180124693
    Abstract: A wireless router having a WiFi wireless network and including a small cell for routing LTE cellular data to a mobile network core is configured to monitor connected mobile devices and determine whether each mobile device should be connect to the hub using WiFi or LTE in accordance with the current utilization of the WiFi network and the current utilization of the LTE small cell. The network identity information of the device's WiFi interface and the device's LTE interface is provided by an application operating on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon RINGLAND, Francis SCAHILL, Richard EVENDEN
  • Publication number: 20180124630
    Abstract: A wireless router having a WiFi wireless network and including a small cell for routing LTE cellular data to a mobile network core is configured to monitor connected mobile devices and determine whether each mobile device should be connect to the hub using WiFi or LTE in accordance with the current utilization of the WiFi network and the current utilization of the LTE small cell. Since the small cell data traffic is encrypted in a data tunnel to the mobile network core, the network identity information of the device's WiFi interface and the device's LTE interface is determined by consulting an address mapping store in the cellular mobile network core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Simon RINGLAND, Francis SCAHILL, Richard EVENDEN