Netgear Patent Grants

Camera

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: D785067

High efficiency antenna

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9627767
Antenna designs are disclosed that exhibit both high bandwidth and efficiency. A first aspect of the invention concerns the form factor of the antenna; a second aspect of the invention concerns the ease with which the antenna is manufactured; and a third aspect concerns the superior performance exhibits by the antenna across a large bandwidth.

Network device with reconfigurable power cord assembly

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9620887
A network device and a method of use are configured for ease of installation and use. The network device has a housing on which is provided a plurality of ports. A power cord assembly has a body bearing a cord and a connector for mating with a power input. Depending on the orientation of the body relative to the housing, the connector can be connected to the power port in at least first and second positions in which the power cord extends in first and second directions that are offset…

Beacon detection structures, systems and processes for interference testing

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9622098
A receiver is provided that receives signals from a device under test (DUT) for one or more modes of operation. For each mode, the system detects beacon transmission signals from the DUT, and counts the number of beacons for a period of time. If the count is not consistent with an expected count, e.g. a stored value, the system may preferably provide an output to indicate that there is a problem with the DUT. If the count is consistent with the expected count, the system may preferably…

Wireless access point management system and method

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9603153
Methods and apparatuses are provided for graphically displaying the noise level on each WLAN channel, along with the arrangement of other (neighboring) wireless host devices on each channel with their respective signal strengths as a distance indicator. As a result, collected information may be gathered and displayed intuitively to allow a user to quickly assess the environment and manually configure the wireless host device. In addition, methods and apparatuses are provided for…

Systems and methods for improving WLAN range

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590661
Various embodiments disclose systems and methods for employing a Sub1G signal (e.g. a signal in the range of approximately 500 Mhz or 800 mHz) for use with internal and/or external components of various user devices. The Sub1G region may provide a path loss advantage over traditional 2.4 and 5 Ghz systems because of the lower frequency in free-space path loss model. Sub 1G may also present less interference compared to 2.4 GHz (e.g., better QoS for applications such as VOIP, Gaming,…

Dual band LTE small cell

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9591633
A dual band LTE small cell base station communicates on both licensed bands and unlicensed bands. The small cell base station modifies the communication protocol utilized by the licensed band to enable communication over an unlicensed band. This modification involves replacing the physical (PHY) layer of the licensed band communication protocol with the PHY layer of a to-be-used protocol in an unlicensed band.

Spectrum allocation system and method for multi-band wireless RF data communications

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577804
A dual band spectrum allocation system and method for wireless data communications uses discrete bands for upstream and downstream data communications. A preferred embodiment uses unlicensed UNII bands for license-free data transmissions from a subscriber to a hub, and uses relatively interference free licensed bands for data transmissions from a hub to subscribers, thereby allowing use of greater bandwidth, simplifying system licensing and reducing filtering requirements for…

System and method for bridging to a LTE wireless communication network

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560691
A system and method for bridging user devices communicating according to a 3rd Generation (3G) communication protocol to a LTE wireless communication network, thereby enabling user devices that do not have sufficient signal strength for directly coupling to the LTE wireless communication network to nevertheless access such wireless communication systems and methods via a bridging system.

Apparatus and method for heat sink assembly

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560792
A heat sink assembly uses a pin and a spring arrangement to bias a heat sink against an underlying support with an electrical component in between. A lock cap, mounted on a head of the pin, selectively engages a retainer formed beneath an upper end of a heat dissipating element or fin of the heat sink to precompress the spring. When the lock cap is engaged and the spring is precompressed, the pin may be attached to the underlying support without opposing the force of the spring. When the…

Method and apparatus for economizing power consumption in wireless products

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9521624
Various of the disclosed embodiments concern efficiency improvements in wireless products. For example, some embodiments specify profiles for regional and custom-specified operational constraints. The profiles may be retrieved from across a network or stored locally upon the device. The profiles may specify various configuration adjustments that optimize the system's performance. For example, when possible, some embodiments may allow the system to operate at a lower power level and to…

Systems and methods for implementing a wireless device that supports WLAN modules operating simultaneously in different wireless bands

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9516540
Systems and methods for enabling a WLAN client to communicate simultaneously over more than one band at a time are described, where each client has at least one radio that is operational in each supported band. Load balancing based on traffic requirements optimizes the use of the multiple bands.

Systems and methods for wireless link balancing in wireless networks

Granted: October 11, 2016
Patent Number: 9467953
Systems and methods for controlling the transmit power and the receive sensitivity of an access point for achieving symmetric link balancing is described. When an access point operates with symmetric link performance, the access point does not inefficiently use available bandwidth for transmitting or re-transmitting to a client station that cannot communicate with the access point. Moreover, the access point does not back off transmissions due to activity of neighboring basic service…

System and method for configuring device connections in an extended network environment

Granted: October 11, 2016
Patent Number: 9468025
An extended network is configured to implement an extended management function to identify a wireless access device providing a highest quality wireless connection to a wireless device. The extended network includes a gateway wireless access device configured to enable communication between the extended network and an external network, at least one additional wireless access device in the extended network, and at least one wireless device having a wireless connection to a least one of an…

Wireless sensor base station with coexistence of multiple homogeneous radios

Granted: September 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9451626
Techniques are disclosed for reducing interference, in a network device, among multiple radio circuits operating in a same or similar frequency band and in close physical proximity. In some embodiments, a network device includes a first and a second wireless network circuit. The network circuits operate in a same radio frequency band and are collocated. The second network circuit is assigned a higher priority than the first network circuit. The device further includes a coexistence…

Near-field MIMO wireless test systems, structures, and processes

Granted: September 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9439086
Systems, processes, and structures allow enhanced near-field testing of the uplink and/or downlink performance of MIMO wireless devices (DUT), such as for any of product development, product verification, and/or production testing. Signal channels may preferably be emulated to test the performance of a device under test (DUT) over a range of simulated distances, within a near-field test environment. An enhanced process provides automated testing of a DUT over a wireless network, e.g.…

Systems and methods for simultaneously using multiple WLAN modules operating in different wireless bands

Granted: September 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9439099
Systems and methods for enabling a wireless local area network (WLAN) client to communicate simultaneously over more than one band at a time are described, where each client has at least one radio that is operational in each supported band. Load balancing based on traffic requirements optimizes the use of the multiple bands.

IEEE 802.11 communication utilizing carrier specific interference mitigation

Granted: August 30, 2016
Patent Number: 9433007
Wireless communication under IEEE 802.11 standards utilizing carrier specific interference mitigation where an AP or UE employs an ultra-wideband tuner to evaluate available spectrum between several communication bands. Rather than being constrained to communicate in a single communication band, the AP and UEs may utilize more than one communication band to communicate with one another. In doing so, the AP and UE search across several bands and measure interference on a…

Systems and methods for wireless load balancing and channel selection for a wireless device using WLAN modules operating simultaneously in different wireless bands

Granted: July 26, 2016
Patent Number: 9402199
Systems and methods for enabling a WLAN client to communicate simultaneously over more than one band at a time are described, where each client has at least one radio that is operational in each supported band. Load balancing based on traffic requirements optimizes the use of the multiple bands.

Method and apparatus housing a hard-disk drive using a tray with anchoring strips

Granted: July 5, 2016
Patent Number: 9383784
A method and apparatus discloses a tray configured to house a hard-disk drive (“HDD”) using at least one semi-flexible anchoring strip. An HDD assembly device, in one aspect, includes a tray, a U-shaped semi-flexible anchoring frame, and an HDD. The tray has a base, a front panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel, wherein the first side panel and the second side panel includes tracks along longitudinal edges of the first and the second side panels. The U-shaped…