Patent Number: 6,167,042

Title: Communications between service providers and customer premises equipment

Abstract: A service provider accesses the customer premises equipment of an end user via a broad based data network such as the Internet. Security precautions are described for insuring that alias users cannot access the customer premises equipment. Advantageously, a service provider may provide service over a very wide area without incurring excessive telecommunications services charges. Advantageously, many service providers can readily access the customer premises equipment of a single end user.

Inventors: Garland; Stuart Mandel (Morton Grove, IL), Smith; David B. (Hinsdale, IL)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: H04M 11/00 (20060101); H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04Q 11/04 (20060101); H04L 12/46 (20060101); H04L 012/66 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017