Approach for managing the use of communications channels based on performance

DC
  • US 7,477,624 B2
  • Filed: 04/03/2006
  • Issued: 01/13/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/25/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A communications device for use in a network of devices, comprising:

  • a memory for storing instructions;

    a processor that is communicatively coupled to the memory, wherein the memory includes instructions which, when processed by the processor, causes;

    selecting, based upon performance of a plurality of communications channels at a first time, a first set of two or more communications channels from the plurality of communications channels;

    selecting, based upon performance of the plurality of communications channels at a second time that is later than the first time, a second set of two or more communications channels from the plurality of communications channels; and

    a transceiver that is communicatively coupled to the memory and that is configured to transmit to and receive from another communications device, wherein;

    for a first period of time, the first set of two or more communications channels is used to transmit to and receive from the other communications device; and

    for a second period of time that is after the first period of time, the second set of two or more communications channels is used to transmit to and receive from the other communications device instead of the first set of two or more communications channels,wherein the communications device is a first communications device, the other communications device is a second communications device, a default set of two or more communications channels is associated with a hopping sequence and is not changed based on the performance of the plurality of communications channels; and

    the transceiver is configured to transmit to and receive from a third communications device over the default set of two or more communications channels while transmitting to and receiving from the second communications device over the first set of two or more communications channels and while transmitting to and receiving from the second communications device over the second set of two or more communications channels.

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