Forced beam switching in wireless communication systems having smart antennas

  • US 7,062,296 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2003
  • Issued: 06/13/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/04/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for use in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:

  • configuring a first device having a smart antenna to selectively allow a second device to operatively associate with a beam downlink transmittable to said second device using said smart antenna;

    configuring said first device to determine information from at least one uplink transmission receivable from said second device through said smart antenna;

    configuring said first device to determine if said associated second device should operatively associate with a different beam downlink transmittable using said smart antenna based on said determined information; and

    if said associated second device should operatively associate with a different beam, then configuring said first device to allow said second device to operatively associate with said different beam by at least one of configuring said first device to identify that said second device is allowed to operatively associate with said different beam, or configuring said first device to identify that said second device is not allowed to operatively associate with said beam.

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