US Patent No. 9,788,263

WIFI CLIENT WITH HYBRID COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES FOR WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK


Patent No. 9,788,263
Issue Date October 10, 2017
Title Wifi Client With Hybrid Communication Capabilities For Wireless Local Area Network
Inventorship Bahador Amiri, Los Gatos, CA (US)
Ramanujam Jagannath, Cupertino, CA (US)
Dapeng Mi, Wuxi Jiangsu Province (CN)
Hossein Dehghan, Diablo, CA (US)
Bo Zhao, Suzhou (CN)
Sunil F. Assao, Fremont, CA (US)
Assignee Quantenna Communications, Inc., Fremont, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,788,263

3. A method for operating a hybrid wireless station on a wireless local area network (WLAN) including wireless stations associated
with a wireless access point (WAP); and the method comprising:
determining eligibility of the hybrid wireless station for one of a local mode dedicated to local communications between the
hybrid wireless station and the WAP, and a hybrid mode interlacing both the local communications together with relayed communications
between the WAP and an identified one of the associated wireless stations;

determining airtime availability on the hybrid wireless station;
sniffing uplink and downlink communication packets between the WAP and the identified one of the wireless stations, for information
as to data throughput requirements of the identified one of the wireless stations;

estimating airtime requirements of the identified one of the wireless stations based on in sniffed in the sniffing act;
identifying the associated wireless station as a relay candidate based on the airtime availability of the hybrid wireless
station and the airtime requirements of the identified one of the wireless stations; and

responsive to a determination of hybrid mode eligibility in the determining act;
interlacing both the local communications together with the relayed communications.