Patent Number: 6,804,226

Title: Method and apparatus for connecting local subscribers to a LAN

Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for allowing the copper pair at each subscriber site to reappear at the CO. It also provides inter-connectivity between subscribers within a specified proximity, thereby allowing the subscribers to operate as a LAN. By placing a router between various Distributed Point of Presence Local Area Networks (DPOPLAN) and service provider that offer services such as Internet access, a large communication can easily be created.

Inventors: Durant; Gregory Michael (Neshanic Station, NJ), Rutledge; Christopher Lee (Somerset, NJ), Wronka; Edward (Morris Plains, NJ)

Assignee: AT&T Corp.

International Classification: H04M 11/06 (20060101); H04L 12/28 (20060101); H04L 12/46 (20060101); H04L 012/28 (); H04L 012/66 (); H04M 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/12016