Patent Number: 8,576,882

Title: Media access control protocol for multi-hop network systems and method therefore

Abstract: A method and system for wireless communication in which a plurality of media access control ("MAC") packet data units ("PDUs") corresponding to a plurality of wireless communication connections are received. The plurality of MAC PDUs is grouped into a relay packet and the relay packet is transmitted. Such grouping and transmission of the relay packet is performed by one or more relay nodes. The traffic control for the transmission can also be based on centralized or decentralized routing control and/or centralized or decentralized QoS control.

Inventors: Zhang; Hang (Nepean, CA), Zhu; Peiying (Kanata, CA), Fong; Mo-Han (L'Original, CA), Tong; Wen (Ottawa, CA), Senarath; Nimal (Nepean, CA), Yu; Derek (Kanata, CA), Steer; David (Nepean, CA), Dodd; Curtis S. (Ottawa, CA)

Assignee: BlackBerry Limited

International Classification: H04J 3/08 (20060101); H04W 4/00 (20090101); H04L 5/14 (20060101); H04B 7/15 (20060101); H04B 7/212 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017