Intelligent device system and method for distribution of digital signals on a wideband signal distribution system

DC CAFC
  • US 8,984,565 B2
  • Filed: 11/20/2012
  • Issued: 03/17/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/27/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An intelligent device for transmitting information on a modulated RF signal, comprising:

  • a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium having instructions recorded thereon; and

    a processor, by executing the instructions recorded on the computer-readable recording medium, being configured to;

    receive a digital stream containing digital information, the digital information containing at least one destination address to which the digital information is to be sent;

    receive channel in use information identifying which dynamically allocated RF channels are currently being used in a wideband signal distribution system;

    receive traffic information identifying an information throughput of the received digital information;

    determine which dynamically allocated RF channels are available to carry the digital information, from among a plurality of RF channels contained in a modulated RF signal, based on the RF channels which are identified in the channel in use information as not currently being used in the wideband signal distribution system;

    determine a number of dynamically allocated RF channels from among the plurality of RF channels contained in the modulated RF signal on which to carry the received digital information based on the information throughput of the digital information and the information capacity of a single RF channel;

    instruct the modulator unit to distribute the received digital information across at least two dynamically allocated RF channels by modulating the received digital information into at least two dynamically allocated RF channels to be output to the wideband signal distribution system, when the traffic information indicates that the information throughput of the digital information exceeds an information capacity of a single RF channel;

    instruct the modulator unit on which specific dynamically allocated RF channels from among the plurality of RF channels to carry the digital information in the modulated RF signal based on the determined number of dynamically allocated RF channels on which to carry the digital information, the at least one destination address contained in the digital information, and the determined available dynamically allocated RF channels which are not currently being used in the wideband signal distribution system; and

    instruct the modulator unit to output the at least two dynamically allocated RF channels over which the received digital information is distributed to the wideband signal distribution system.

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