Netgear Patent Grants

Alignment of packets for implementing coexistence of multiple homogeneous radios

Granted: July 16, 2019
Patent Number: 10356578
Techniques are disclosed for controlling, in a network device, multiple radio circuits operating in a same or similar frequency band and in close physical proximity. In some embodiments, the radio circuits operate on the same network protocol. The network device can include a coexistence controller coupled to the network circuits. According to some embodiments, the network circuits are each assigned a priority, and the coexistence controller can control operations between the network…

Client roaming in a distributed multi-band wireless networking system

Granted: July 16, 2019
Patent Number: 10356681
Client roaming techniques, such as those set forth in 802.11k, are extended to access point-based client roaming in a distributed multi-band wireless networking system. In particular, access points (APs) implement a series of algorithms that compare signals and make decisions on when to switch a client from one AP to another AP in a distributed multi-band wireless networking system. The invention exploits to advantage the fact that the APs can communicate with each other via the…

Rate estimation in a wireless mesh network

Granted: July 16, 2019
Patent Number: 10356783
Introduced here are techniques to provide automated mesh point survey and guided installation for assisting the installation and configuration of a wireless mesh network. Additional implementation techniques are also introduced including, for example, link rate estimation, roaming, and dedicated backhaul link implementation in such wireless mesh network, are also discussed. Among other benefits, this disclosure provides an integral solution where multiple wireless local area network…

Method and apparatus for implementing coexistence of multiple homogeneous radios and traffic management therein

Granted: July 9, 2019
Patent Number: 10349244
Techniques are disclosed for controlling, in a network device, multiple radio circuits operating in a same or similar frequency band and in close physical proximity. In some embodiments, the radio circuits operate on the same network protocol. The network device can include a coexistence controller coupled to the network circuits. According to some embodiments, the network circuits are each assigned a priority, and the coexistence controller can control operations among the network…

Automatic wireless network channel selection

Granted: July 9, 2019
Patent Number: 10349423
A method for selecting signal channel for a wireless networking device is provided. The method collects WLAN and non-WLAN interference information on the candidate channels. The method then determines a weighted grade for each of the candidate channels based on the collected WLAN and non-WLAN interference information. A channel is selected among the candidate channels based on the weighted grades. The method further adjusts WLAN transmit parameter of the wireless networking device based…

IEEE 802.11 communication utilizing carrier specific interference mitigation

Granted: July 2, 2019
Patent Number: 10342017
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…

Roaming in a wireless mesh network

Granted: June 18, 2019
Patent Number: 10327242
Introduced here are techniques to provide automated mesh point survey and guided installation for assisting the installation and configuration of a wireless mesh network. Additional implementation techniques are also introduced including, for example, link rate estimation, roaming, and dedicated backhaul link implementation in such wireless mesh network, are also discussed. Among other benefits, this disclosure provides an integral solution where multiple wireless local area network…

Network switch

Granted: June 11, 2019
Patent Number: D851075

Electronic device with antenna integrated connector shroud for wireless communication of diagnostics

Granted: May 21, 2019
Patent Number: 10297898
The subject matter disclosed herein describes integrating an antenna with a connector shroud of an electronic device used for conducting diagnostics. By integrating the antenna with the connector shroud, the device can be made smaller while still allowing for effective communication of results wirelessly to a remote system. In implementations such as On-board Diagnostics (OBD) II for motor vehicles, this may allow the device to remain present in the vehicle, conveniently while driving,…

Systems and methods for LTE and WLAN coexistence

Granted: May 21, 2019
Patent Number: 10299150
Various of the disclosed embodiments provide systems and methods for enabling LTE® and wireless, e.g., ISM band, applications to coexist on a same device or on separate devices in proximity to one another. Some embodiments implement a remediation and/or channel transition process for the wireless devices following detection of LTE®-related interference. During remediation, the device may, e.g., adjust the wireless power levels, EDCA backoff times, signal thresholds, etc. In some…

Automated mesh point survey and guided installation for a wireless mesh network

Granted: May 14, 2019
Patent Number: 10292159
Introduced here are techniques to provide automated mesh point survey and guided installation for assisting the installation and configuration of a wireless mesh network. Additional implementation techniques are also introduced including, for example, link rate estimation, roaming, and dedicated backhaul link implementation in such wireless mesh network, are also discussed. Among other benefits, this disclosure provides an integral solution where multiple wireless local area network…

Dedicated backhaul link for a robust wireless mesh network

Granted: April 30, 2019
Patent Number: 10278179
Introduced here are techniques to provide automated mesh point survey and guided installation for assisting the installation and configuration of a wireless mesh network. Additional implementation techniques are also introduced including, for example, link rate estimation, roaming, and dedicated backhaul link implementation in such wireless mesh network, are also discussed. Among other benefits, this disclosure provides an integral solution where multiple wireless local area network…

Multi-band wireless station having multiple radios in one band

Granted: April 16, 2019
Patent Number: 10264477
The disclosure is related to a multi-band wireless station, e.g., a wireless access point, that includes more than one wireless radio in the same frequency band. The wireless station operates at multiple frequency bands, e.g., 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Further, the wireless station includes multiple radios in the same frequency band. For example, the wireless station can have two radios for the 5 GHz band—one for a low 5 GHz band and another for high 5 GHz band. If the client station is…

Sensor gateway

Granted: April 9, 2019
Patent Number: 10257236
A sensor gateway manages wireless communications to sensors and the exchange of data between the sensors and a connection to the Internet. A sensor gateway processor runs the network and wireless stack, automatically picks the same channel as the home access point (AP), and runs sensor software to provide the sensors with low power, wireless support and deep sleep support. The sensor gateway selects same channel as the home AP by following the strongest beacon or by following the home AP…

Antenna structures and associated methods for construction and use

Granted: March 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10236578
Disclosed are improved antenna structures, systems, and methods of manufacturing. In an embodiment, low-cost internal 2G/5G antennas have flat metal dipole construction, which can include a stiffener. External embodiments include quad dipole antenna structures, with broadside or corner arrays. Isolated multi-band center or end-fed dipole antennas can include single-sided PCB or metal-only structures, for operation with at least two distinct frequencies, and can provide RF isolation, such…

Isolated multiband tubular dipole

Granted: March 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10236585
A dual band end fed dipole provides at least two distinct operating frequencies, e.g. 2.45 GHz and 5.5 GHz. Properties of the antenna include low cost to manufacture, e.g. ease of automation; minimal manual labor to manufacture, e.g. reliability; dual band operation; broad bandwidth; good feed line isolation; omnidirectional beam pattern; minimal vertical beam squint; small diameter; and high efficiency. Embodiments of the invention provide a dual band end fed dipole with a low band trap…

Systems and methods for wireless link balancing in wireless networks

Granted: March 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10237834
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 management of battery power

Granted: March 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10230895
The invention is directed to battery power management. In one embodiment, the invention provides a battery control unit for managing battery power supplied to a product, the battery control unit including: a first battery and a second battery coupled to each other in a parallel configuration, each of the first and second batteries having a negative terminal coupled to an electrical ground of the product; a first switch having a first terminal coupled to a positive terminal of the first…

Method and apparatus for economizing power consumption in wireless products

Granted: March 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10231181
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…

Active antenna for wireless local area network devices

Granted: February 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10211867
Various embodiments are described herein that improve the signal reception and transmission capabilities of an access point by coupling an active antenna assembly to the access point. An active antenna assembly includes an antenna and at least one active component, such as a low-noise amplifier or a power amplifier. The active component can be connected to an antenna circuit board rather than the main circuit board of the access point, which is typically retained within an access point…