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1. (WO2018106468) METHOD AND REPEATER FOR BROADBAND DISTRIBUTION
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A repeater device, comprising:

a first launcher configured to extract first channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to an outer surface of a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system;

an amplifier configured to amplify the first channel signals to generate amplified first channel signals in accordance with a phase correction;

a wireless transceiver configured to wirelessly transmit one or more of the amplified first channel signals to at least one device;

a second launcher configured to guide the amplified first channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as second guided electromagnetic waves, wherein the phase correction aligns a phase of the second guided electromagnetic waves in-phase with a phase of a residual portion of the first guided electromagnetic waves that continues propagation along the transmission medium; and

a channel duplexer configured to transfer the amplified first channel signals to the second launcher and to the wireless transceiver;

wherein the amplifier receives a feedback signal from a sensor coupled to the transmission medium that indicates a signal strength of a superposition of a residual portion of the first guided electromagnetic waves on the transmission medium with the second guided electromagnetic waves on the transmission medium, and wherein the amplifier includes a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller that generates a phase control signal based on the feedback signal, and an adjustable phase that adjusts a phase of the amplified first channel signals in accordance with the phase correction.

2. The repeater device of claim 1, wherein the transmission medium includes a wire and the first guided electromagnetic waves and the second guided electromagnetic waves are guided by an outer surface of the wire.

3. The repeater device of claim 1, wherein the adjustable phase includes a tapped delay line.

4. The repeater device of claim 1, wherein the channel duplexer includes a diplexer that operates via analog signal processing.

5. The repeater device of claim 1, wherein the wireless transceiver is further configured to wirelessly receive second channel signals from the at least one device;

wherein the channel duplexer transfers the second channel signals to the amplifier; wherein the amplifier amplifies the second channel signals to generate amplified second channel signals; and

wherein the first launcher guides the amplified second channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as third guided electromagnetic waves.

6. The repeater device of claim 5, wherein the amplifier is a bi-directional amplifier.

7. The repeater device of claim 5, wherein the first channel signals correspond to a number of first frequency channels and the second channel signals correspond to a number of second frequency channels that is less than the number of the first frequency channels.

8. The repeater device of claim 5, wherein the one or more of the amplified first channel signals correspond to a number of first frequency channels and the second channel signals correspond to a number of second frequency channels that is equal to the number of the first frequency channels.

9. The repeater device of claim 5, wherein at least a portion of the second channel signals is formatted in accordance with a data over cable system interface specification (DOCSIS) protocol, a 802.11 protocol or a fourth generation or higher mobile wireless protocol.

10. A method comprising:

extracting, via a first launcher, first channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to an outer surface of a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system;

amplifying, via an amplifier, the first channel signals to generate amplified first channel signals in accordance with a phase correction;

wirelessly transmitting, via a wireless transceiver, one or more of the amplified first channel signals to at least one device;

guiding, via a second launcher, the amplified first channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as second guided electromagnetic waves, wherein the phase correction aligns a phase of the second guided electromagnetic waves in-phase with a phase of a residual portion of the first guided electromagnetic waves that continues propagation along the transmission medium; and

transferring, via a channel duplexer, the amplified first channel signals to the second launcher and to the wireless transceiver;

wherein the amplifier receives a feedback signal from a sensor coupled to the transmission medium that indicates a signal strength of a superposition of a residual portion of the first guided electromagnetic waves on the transmission medium with the second guided electromagnetic waves on the transmission medium, and wherein the amplifier includes a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller that generates a phase control signal based on the feedback signal, and an adjustable phase that adjusts a phase of the amplified first channel signals in accordance with the phase correction.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein the transmission medium includes a wire and the first guided electromagnetic waves and the second guided electromagnetic waves are guided by an outer surface of the wire.

12. The method of claim 10, wherein the adjustable phase includes a tapped delay line.

13. The method of claim 10, wherein the channel duplexer includes a diplexer that operates via analog signal processing.

14. The method of claim 10, wherein the wireless transceiver is further configured to wirelessly receive second channel signals from the at least one device;

wherein the channel duplexer transfers the second channel signals to the amplifier; wherein the amplifier amplifies the second channel signals to generate amplified second channel signals; and

wherein the first launcher guides the amplified second channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as third guided electromagnetic waves.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the amplifier is a bi-directional amplifier.