US Patent No. 10,368,349

METHOD FOR ASSISTING BIDIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION IN WIRELESS NETWORKS


Patent No. 10,368,349
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Method For Assisting Bidirectional Communication In Wireless Networks
Inventorship Adnan Aijaz, Bristol (GB)
Assignee Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,349

1. A method for assisting bidirectional communication within a wireless network, the wireless network comprising a central node and a plurality of outer nodes within wireless communication range of the central node, the method comprising a first outer node:listening for a downlink communication from the central node to a second outer node and an uplink response from the second outer node to the central node;
determining that the uplink response has failed to be received by its intended recipient in response to the uplink response being detected by the first outer node and the first outer node receiving a signal from the central node indicating that the uplink response has not been received from the second outer node;
in response to a determination that the uplink response has failed to be received by its intended recipient, determining whether the first outer node should transmit the uplink response to the intended recipient; and
in response to a determination that the first outer node should transmit the uplink response to the intended recipient, transmitting the uplink response to the intended recipient, including sending a signal informing the central node that the uplink response has failed and that the first outer node intends to transmit the uplink response.