Wireless output devices or wireless controllers that support wireless device discovery for establishing wireless connectivity

  • US 10,037,178 B2
  • Filed: 11/10/2016
  • Issued: 07/31/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/01/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A wireless communication method for an output device to establish a wireless communication link with a client of the output device, the output device includes one or more wireless communication units for wireless communication and memory storing at least an attribute or identification information related to the output device, the wireless communication method comprising:

  • (1) facilitating, by the one or more wireless communication units within the output device, a wireless device discovery operation for the output device to wirelessly discover the client or for the output device to be wirelessly discoverable by the client;

    (2) transmitting, via the one or more wireless communication units within the output device, at least the attribute or the identification information related to the output device from the output device to the client, the transmitting of the attribute or identification information being subsequent to the wireless device discovery operation in (1);

    (3) implementing, at the output device, a security procedure or an authentication procedure for establishing a wireless communication link between the output device and the client, the implementing of the security procedure or the authentication procedure being subsequent to transmitting the attribute or the identification information from the output device to the client in (2), and the security procedure or the authentication procedure includes one or more of a user name, a password, an ID number, a PIN, an IP address, a device identification, a security key, a biometric, a fingerprint, or a voice, individually or in any combination;

    (4) establishing a wireless communication link between the output device and the client, via the one or more wireless communication units within the output device, the establishing of the wireless communication link based, at least in part, on having implemented the security procedure or the authentication procedure in (3), and the wireless communication link being compatible, at least partly, with at least one protocol within IEEE 802.11 wireless standards or within Bluetooth specifications; and

    (5) receiving output data from the client and over the established wireless communication link in (4), the output data being related to at least part of a digital content for output or playing at the output device, and the digital content being at least one of an audio content or a video content, individually or in any combination, for output or playing at the output device; and

    wherein the client is either a wireless information apparatus or a client application executable at the wireless information apparatus, and the wireless information apparatus is a distinct device from the output device.

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