Patent Number: 7,613,119

Title: Self-configurable wireless local area network node

Abstract: In a wireless local area network including an access controller (AC) and an access points (AP), the AC transmits a functionality inquiry to the AP. Upon receiving the inquiry, the AP transmits a query response including the functional capabilities of the AP. The AC then generates a map of the functional capabilities present in the network based on the inquiry response. Conflicting or redundant functional capabilities are identified and are disabled, enabled, or reconfigured by instructions from the AC. The AC may selectively enable and/or disable functional capabilities at nodes in the network to provide a more balanced load on the network, and to provide for load sharing by allocating functionalities between and among network nodes having common functional capabilities to satisfy a variety of situations encountered in the network.

Inventors: Zuniga; Juan Carlos (Montreal, CA), Rudolf; Marian (Montreal, CA), Rahman; Shamim Akbar (Montreal, CA)

Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation

International Classification: H04J 1/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017