Netgear Patent Grants

Secure communication in network access points

Granted: January 18, 2022
Patent Number: 11229023
Disclosed is an access point (AP) for a network that includes security features for interacting with devices on the network. The other devices on the network may be other APs, client devices, or a backend configuration server. The access point includes a private key that is used to verify signals to and from (the private key may be different for different functions). In the case of other APs, the private key is used to verify control signals sent between the APs to identify and prevent a…

Antenna enhancing holding structure for an internet-of-things (IoT) device

Granted: January 18, 2022
Patent Number: 11228114
The disclosed embodiments include a monitoring system. The monitoring system includes a wireless device and a holding structure. The wireless device includes communications circuitry that enables wireless communications of data obtained locally by the wireless device, and an antenna coupled to the communications circuitry and configured to radiate signals including information indicative of the obtained data. The holding structure includes an engagement member configured to detachably…

Beacon protection in a wireless network

Granted: January 11, 2022
Patent Number: 11223997
A wireless station implements a technique to reduce the occurrence of collisions between messages in a wireless network by dynamically modify a message interval during a communication session, based on received information indicative of beacon timing. The technique can be implemented by an access point on a wireless local area network to reduce collisions of beacon transmissions. The received information can include information indicative of beacon timing of other wireless stations,…

IEEE 802.11 communication utilizing carrier specific interference mitigation

Granted: January 4, 2022
Patent Number: 11219024
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…

Speaker integrated electronic device with speaker driven passive cooling

Granted: January 4, 2022
Patent Number: 11218809
A passive cooling device is disclosed for use with a speaker integrated electronic device. Also disclosed is a method of using the device for generating passive cooling and increasing the sound output by the speaker integrated electronic device when outputting low frequency sound. The electronic device has an internal housing in which the speaker is located with a diaphragm extending through a void in the housing wall. The internal housing also has an air flow channel in fluid…

Band steering for a low power device

Granted: December 21, 2021
Patent Number: 11206412
An access point is configured to communicate with a wireless client device over a plurality of wireless communication channels. The wireless client device has an active operation state and a standby operation state. The access point detects a property of each of a first wireless communication channel and a second wireless communication channel, and applies a policy to the detected properties to select one of the first wireless communication channel and the second wireless communication…

Power management techniques for a power sensitive wireless device

Granted: November 23, 2021
Patent Number: 11184851
Techniques are disclosed for reducing power consumption on a power sensitive wireless device, such as for example a digital wireless camera operating on a battery. According to some techniques, power can be reduced when a portable device is in close proximity to the power sensitive wireless device, such as when a person is home and the recording of video on a digital wireless security camera can be disarmed. Some techniques include filtering mechanisms, which reduce unnecessary…

Method and apparatus for secure device boot

Granted: October 19, 2021
Patent Number: 11151257
Introduced here are technologies for securely booting a network access device or a satellite device. A network-accessible server system may receive a boot request that includes a boot certificate to identify the network access device. The network-accessible server system may determine that the boot certificate corresponds with a verified boot certificate listed on a boot certificate registry. The network-accessible server system may determine that a geographical location of the network…

Secure transfer of registered network access devices

Granted: September 14, 2021
Patent Number: 11120137
The disclosed embodiments include a method performed by a cloud system for changing a registration of a network access device. The method includes initiating a change of a registration of a network access device. The registration is stored at a cloud system and indicates ownership of the network access device by a first user. The method further includes receiving an authorization from the first user to dissociate the ownership of the network access device by the first user, and receiving…

Improving wireless communication in an environment with electromagnetic interference

Granted: August 10, 2021
Patent Number: 11089603
Methods, apparatuses, and embodiments related to wireless communication in an environment with electromagnetic interference. In some embodiments, during an initial interconnection setup between a transmitting wireless local area network (WLAN) and a receiving WLAN device, and a first frame or packet is wirelessly transmitted or received by the wireless device. An electromagnetic signal from nearby devices that interferes with wireless transmission is detected. Based on the detection of…

Machine learning coordinated wireless networking

Granted: July 13, 2021
Patent Number: 11064319
The disclosed methods and systems use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies to model the usage and interference on each channel. For example, units of the system can measure channel interference regularly over the time of day on all radios. The interference information is communicated to the base unit or a cloud server for pattern analysis. Interference measurements include interference from units within the system as well as interference from nearby…

Distributed multi-band wireless networking system

Granted: May 18, 2021
Patent Number: 11012831
Disclosed is a dedicated control channel for a WLAN network. A number of access points are networked together and communicate data necessary to propagate the WLAN over a backhaul channel, however a dedicated radio on each access point is used to communicate control information between the access points. The control information is communicated over a control channel that is different from the client facing channels or bands, and the backhaul channel. In some embodiments, the control…

Adjusting backhaul and fronthaul communications in a wireless mesh network

Granted: May 11, 2021
Patent Number: 11006254
Adjusting backhaul and fronthaul communication links of wireless mesh networks are described. A wireless mesh network has a topology including fronthaul communication links and backhaul communication links. In one aspect, characteristics of network data packets transmitted within a wireless mesh network can be identified. Based on those characteristics, the topology of the wireless mesh network can change.

Active antenna for wireless local area network devices

Granted: May 11, 2021
Patent Number: 11005512
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…

Method and apparatus for generating and maintaining an accurate network map in a communications network

Granted: May 4, 2021
Patent Number: 10999834
Layer 2 refers to the Data Link layer of the commonly-referenced multilayered communication model, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). The Data Link layer is concerned with moving data across the physical links in the network. Embodiments of the invention provide a Layer 2 and management modification to provide and maintain an accurate network map. Embodiments of the invention modify Layer 2 functionality to work with a multi-AP system without central management or with central…

Power management techniques for a power sensitive wireless device

Granted: May 4, 2021
Patent Number: 10999793
Techniques are disclosed for reducing power consumption on a power sensitive wireless device, such as for example a digital wireless camera operating on a battery. According to some techniques, power can be reduced when a portable device is in close proximity to the power sensitive wireless device, such as when a person is home and the recording of video on a digital wireless security camera can be disarmed. Some techniques include filtering mechanisms, which reduce unnecessary…

Robust control plane for management of a multi-band wireless networking system

Granted: April 20, 2021
Patent Number: 10986626
Systems and methods are introduced for managing a multi-band wireless networking system using a robust control plane. In an embodiment, multiple wireless networking devices are interconnected via a dedicated wireless backhaul to collectively form a single multi-band wireless network providing broad coverage to a client device. The multi-band wireless networking system is managed by wirelessly communicating control information between the multiple wireless networking devices over the…

Method and apparatus for secure device boot

Granted: April 13, 2021
Patent Number: 10977371
Introduced here are technologies for securely booting a network access device or a satellite device. A network-accessible server system may receive a boot request that includes a boot certificate to identify the network access device. The network-accessible server system may determine that the boot certificate corresponds with a verified boot certificate listed on a boot certificate registry. The network-accessible server system may determine that a geographical location of the network…

System and method for display adjustments based on content characteristics

Granted: March 9, 2021
Patent Number: 10945018
A system and method provides for adjusting an output display on a display device including receiving a plurality of images representing visual artworks from a networked data storage location and storing the plurality of images in a local memory device. In a stationary picture frame, the method and system includes detecting at least one ambient condition using an environmental sensor affixed to the stationary picture frame and analyzing the ambient condition to determine ambient condition…

Establishing access to a secure network based on user-created credential indicia

Granted: February 23, 2021
Patent Number: 10931664
In various aspects, code-based indicia contain secured network access credentials. In some aspects, a computer processor receives user input that specifies secured network access credentials, and the computer processor creates or modifies credentials for establishing a secured network connection. In these aspects, the computer processor generates code-based indicia that contain at least part of the secured network access credentials. In other aspects, a computer processor scans the…