Methods and devices for configuring simplified, static, multi-hop wireless networks
Originating portfolio: ALU
Estimated expiration: 2030-Sep-13
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Initial bid date: 2018-May-01
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Products & technologies (3): Wireless:Basestation, Wireless:Cell site, Wireless:Network
Wireless stations (and their associated operation) making up a static, multi-hop wireless network are simplified because topological modeling and routing/scheduling decisions are shifted from the stations to a controller external to the network. The controller may determine routing paths and schedules for each of the wireless stations in a network based on the topology of a given network along with other network characteristics. Thereafter, the so-determined paths and schedules are sent to the associated wireless stations. By simplifying the operation of a wireless station, the amount of energy required to be used by each station may be reduced thereby maximizing the lifetime of the network.
1. A system comprising:
a network controller residing in a backbone communication network, the backbone-based network controller operable to,
communicate with a static, multi-hop wireless network comprising a set of access point (AP) wireless stations in direct communication with the backbone communication network and a plurality of non-AP wireless stations,
query the AP wireless stations and neighboring nodes to determine a topology of the static wireless network,
determining a primary path for each non-AP wireless station based on criteria chosen to optimize an aspect of the static wireless network, the determined primary path indicating the path for exchanging traffic between a respective non-AP wireless station and a selected AP wireless station thereby facilitating communications between each non-AP wireless station and the backbone network, and
configure each non-AP wireless station by sending packet forward table information comprising the determined primary path for each non-AP wireless station to such a station.
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