Mobile, Wireless Gateways Stay Relevant for Homes and Businesses
January 02, 2014
By Ed Silverstein
, TMCnet Contributor
With the start of the New Year, the tech sector is seeing continued emphasis on the use of mobile and wireless gateways, which allow for connections to be made between networks.
Wireless gateways, on the one hand, have been defined as devices that let a computer or other device access the Internet. So they play a key role in technology, especially in someone’s residence. For example, it lets them share an Internet connection with the different computers that are found in the house. By using a wireless gateway, no cables will be needed to get the connection.
There are also many applications for business communications, too, especially among small- to medium-sized businesses where the system is not attached a local area network (LAN). Wireless gateways provide network address translation (NAT) and dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), as well.
Here’s more about the mobile gateway and the field of communications: it uses a telephone's mobile network and can access local reserved phone numbers from the call origination site, according to a statement from VoIP-PAL. It also lets users make long distance or international calls at a local call billing rate – which is certainly a very positive deal for the consumer.
Meanwhile, here is one example of a mobile gateway from VoIP-PAL now before the U.S. patent office. Late last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced VoIP-PAL's mobile gateway patent application has been classified as "ready for issue." There had been some delays earlier – but the company is eager and hopeful with the current status of the patent process.
"The Board and management of the Corporation are very pleased that the Mobile Gateway (News - Alert) patent application is now ready for issuance after being delayed by unwarranted claims of prior art," said Thomas Sawyer, chairman and CEO of VoIP-PAL, in a statement.
“Prior art” relates to issues of originality – and has many legal standards that need to be met. VoIP-PAL owns various VoIP patents it is trying monetize.
Edited by Alisen Downey