US Patent No. 10,172,180

CONFIGURING NETWORK CONNECTIONS


Patent No. 10,172,180
Issue Date January 01, 2019
Title Configuring Network Connections
Inventorship Frank Huang, Dublin, CA (US)
Hao Li, Suzhou (CN)
Tao Song, Shanghai (CN)
Qun Zhang, Shanghai (CN)
Nishant Sarmukadam, Pune (IN)
Timothy J. Donovan, Livermmore, CA (US)
Assignee Marvell International Ltd., Hamilton (BM)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,172,180

1. A method comprising:controlling a first network interface of a wireless network device to operate as a station in a first wireless network;
controlling a second network interface of the wireless network device to operate as an access point in a second wireless network;
transmitting, through the second network interface, a beacon message that includes a first signal strength of a first bridge node operating as an access point in the first wireless network;
receiving, at the second network interface, a probe response message from a second bridge node that operates as an access point in a third wireless network, the probe response message including a second signal strength of the second bridge node;
comparing, by the wireless network device, the first signal strength to the second signal strength; and
conditioned on determining that the second signal strength is greater than the first signal strength:
disconnecting the first network interface from the first bridge node in the first wireless network, and
connecting the first network interface to the second bridge node, the first network interface to operate as a station in the third wireless network,
wherein transmitting the beacon message comprises
determining whether a periodic network scan is enabled based on operational parameters of the wireless network device,
in response to a determination that the periodic network scan is enabled, determining whether a periodic scan interval has expired, and
transmitting the beacon message in response to a determination that the periodic scan interval has expired.