Tiered wireless, multi-modal access system and method

  • US 20010036835A1
  • Filed: 03/21/2001
  • Published: 11/01/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/22/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A wireless, multi-modal access device adapted to communicate over a plurality of communication networks operating in differing communication modes to facilitate transfer of a communication link during a communication session to promote efficient use of the communication networks, comprising a. a radio transceiver capable of operating simultaneously over at least two communication channels to allow a communication session to be established on one said channel by adopting a communication mode compatible with one of the plurality of communication networks to provide a communication link over said one channel using a communication mode compatible with said one communication network and capable of simultaneously wirelessly communicating over a second said channel with another communication network using a communication mode compatible with said second communication network, and b. an access device controller connected with said radio transceiver for causing the communication link established between said access device and said one communication network to be transferred to said second communication network during the communication session to allow the communication session to be continued over said second communication network.

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