Patent Number: 8,817,642

Title: Efficient pairing of networked devices

Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for enabling a communication device to be paired with multiple other communication devices that are connected to a network without the need to conduct a separate pairing operation between the first communication device and each of the other network-connected devices. The data exchanged between a user's communication device and a peer communication device (e.g., one of a group of network-connected communication devices) that is used to authenticate communications between the user device and the peer device (i.e., link key) is stored in a network-accessible data storage and retrieval system. The link key is used by the user device when attempting to establish communications with a different peer device (e.g., another one of the network-connected devices) and is retrieved by the other network-connected peer device and used to enable authenticated communications between the other peer device and the user device.

Inventors: Donaldson; Thomas A. (San Francisco, CA)

Assignee: AliphCom

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101); H04J 1/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018