06452923 is referenced by 405 patents.
A twisted pair and/or coaxial cable fed, integrated residence gateway controlled set-top device provides a plurality of services. One service is lifeline service which may be provided over the coaxial cable via a cable modem of the integrated residence gateway or over the twisted pair facility. An integrated residence gateway is coupled to either or both of the coaxial cable or twisted pair and distributes the bandwidth facilities available over either service vehicle to customer devices including a set top box. For corporate telecommuters who work from home, a greater variety of services is available. The greater bandwidth of the cable network allows for the faster exchange of information between home and office, allowing the employee working at home to function as if he or she were actually at the office. Individual pieces of equipment connected to the telecommuter's home may be addressed, so that phone and message forwarding may be properly forwarded to the telecommuter's home. Dynamic allocation of the bandwidth available on the cable network allows cable head ends to provide multiple tiers, or levels, of service such that the higher service tiers are less likely to lose bandwidth when traffic increases. Advanced billing options automatically bill the employer for costs associated with telephone calls placed from the telecommuter's home.