US Patent No. 9,118,721

SOCKET-BASED INTERNET PROTOCOL FOR WIRELESS NETWORKS


Patent No. 9,118,721
Issue Date August 25, 2015
Title Socket-based Internet Protocol For Wireless Networks
Inventorship Jeremy R. Breau, Leawood, KS (US)
John H. Bennett, III, Lawrence, KS (US)
Terry D. Nebergall, Olathe, KS (US)
Frederick C. Rogers, Olathe, KS (US)
Joseph Christopher Shojayi, Overland Park, KS (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,118,721

1. A system comprising:
a mobility agent configured to provide socket-based unique network identifier assignments in a packet-switched network;
a first device communicatively coupled to the mobility agent via the packet-switched network;
a second device communicatively coupled to the mobility agent via the packet-switched network;
an intake component communicatively coupled to the mobility agent and configured to:
receive a request for a first unique network identifier for the first device that registers with the mobility agent; and
analyze the request to determine the first device's bandwidth needs, functionality, or a combination thereof;
an assignment component coupled to the intake component and configured to assign a first unique network identifier to the
first device,

wherein the first unique network identifier comprises a first IP address assigned to ports that are grouped into at least
a first port group and a second port group,

wherein the first port group differs from the second port group in size, bandwidth capability, wireless device functionality,
or a combination thereof, and

wherein a second unique network identifier including the first IP address and the second port group is assigned to the second
device that registers with the mobility agent.