US Patent No. 9,237,067

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERMITTING A DEVICE TO AUTOMATICALLY SELECT A NETWORK ADDRESS FOR USE IN A WIRELESS NETWORK


Patent No. 9,237,067
Issue Date January 12, 2016 
Title Method And Apparatus For Permitting A Device To Automatically Select A Network Address For Use In A Wireless Network
Inventorship Kapil Chhabra, Cupertino, CA (US)
Assignee Marvell World Trade Ltd., St. Michael (BB)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,237,067

1. A method for assigning a network address to a first wireless device in a wireless network, wherein the wireless network
includes a predetermined set of network addresses that are allocatable to wireless devices in the wireless network, the method
comprising:
receiving, at the first wireless device, a first message transmitted by a second wireless device in the wireless network,
wherein the first message transmitted by the second wireless device indicates which network addresses within the predetermined
set of network addresses that have not already been allocated to other wireless devices in the wireless network;

the first wireless device assigning, to itself, a first network address, wherein the first network address is among the network
addresses within the predetermined set of network addresses that have not already been allocated to other wireless devices
in the wireless network; and

transmitting, from the first wireless device, a second message to the other wireless devices in the wireless network, wherein
the second message indicates the first network address is no longer being among the network addresses within the predetermined
set of network addresses that have not already been allocated to other wireless devices in the wireless network;

wherein the first message transmitted by the second wireless device comprises a bitmap that indicates which network addresses
within the predetermined set of network addresses that have not already been allocated to other wireless devices in the wireless
network.