Patent Number: 8,576,929

Title: Powerline communication device

Abstract: A Powerline Communications (PLC) device includes a processing module, memory coupled to the processing module, and a PLC interface coupled to the processing module. The PLC device transmits a plurality of PLC queries, two of the plurality of PLC queries complying with differing and incompatible PLC communication standards. It then receives a plurality of responses from a plurality of other PLC devices, two responses received from respective PLC devices complying with two differing and incompatible PLC communication standards. The PLC device then directs each of the two PLC devices to transmit communications of the differing and incompatible PLC communication standards in an attempt to avoid PLC communication conflicts. The PLC device may establish non-PLC communications with a remote communications device. The PLC device may bridge communications between remote PLC devices and between a remote PLC device and a remote non-PLC device.

Inventors: Abad Molina; Jose (Rincon de la Victoria, ES), Hurwitz; Jonathan Ephraim David (Edinburgh, GB)

Assignee: Broadcom Corporation

International Classification: H04B 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017