Scalable wireless network topology systems and methods

  • US 6,728,514 B2
  • Filed: 12/13/2000
  • Issued: 04/27/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/08/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A wireless communications network comprising:

  • a plurality of locations;

    a transceiver coupled to each of the locations and adapted to transmit or receive a radio frequency signal by selecting a channel from at least two non-conflicting channels, the transceiver further adapted to connect to two distinct antennas;

    wherein one of the locations is designated a root node and the other locations are designated as non-root nodes, with each non-root node within radio frequency range of either the root node or another non-root node and forming a tree structure originating at the root node and branching out from the root node to one or more of the non-root nodes, the locations not within radio frequency range of the root node communicating with the root node through non-root nodes that function as repeaters, with the repeaters designated as parents and the non-root nodes that communicate with the repeaters designated as children for each level of the tree structure;

    a broadbeam antenna coupled to the transceiver of the root node to transmit or receive wireless communications with the non-root nodes that are within radio frequency range of the root node; and

    a directional antenna coupled to the transceivers of the non-root nodes that are within radio frequency range of the root node to transmit or receive wireless communications with the root node.

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