Multi-user MAC protocol for a local area network

  • US 20080002636A1
  • Filed: 06/28/2006
  • Published: 01/03/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • associating a queue block to each active station in a network;

    receiving frames, each frame having a destination address identifying an active station;

    routing each frame to a queue block based on the destination address;

    performing a contention-based process by each queue block having at least one frame;

    receiving a winning frame from each queue block that performs the contention-based process;

    when the number of winning frames is equal to or below a threshold greater than one, then forwarding the winning frame or frames to a physical layer for substantially simultaneous transmission to the active station or stations; and

    when the number of winning frames is above the threshold, then forwarding a subset of the winning frames to the physical layer for substantially simultaneous transmission to the active stations.

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