Patent Number: 7,102,513

Title: Automatic installation and alignment mode for wireless bridges

Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for automatically installing and/or aligning antennas of wireless bridges in computer networks. In general terms, when a particular bridge is installed or aligned, an installation mode is triggered which automatically displays an indication of one or more signal strength levels of signals received into the particular bridge. In the automatic installation mode, the particular bridge automatically searches for a remote bridge with which it can associate. After a remote bridge is associated with the particular bridge, the signal strength received by the particular bridge from the found bridge is then displayed on one or more indicators, such as light emitting diodes. Thus, one can then adjust the antenna of the bridge until an optimum power level is achieved without using any specialized equipment, such as a voltmeter or laptop for interfacing with the bridge to obtain the signal strength indication.

Inventors: Taskin; Metin Ismail (Mountain View, CA), Bilstad; Arnold Mark (Redwood City, CA), Gauger; Glade L. (Redwood City, CA)

Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.

International Classification: G08B 21/00 (20060101); G06F 15/16 (20060101); H04Q 7/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018