Personal area network apparatus

CAFC
  • US 8,732,361 B2
  • Filed: 07/12/2013
  • Issued: 05/20/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A portable endpoint device, comprising:

  • a first virtual device and a second virtual device integrated on a same single integrated circuit and configured such that the first virtual device and the second virtual device are configured to allow communication therewith as virtually different physical devices despite being integrated on the same single integrated circuit;

    the first virtual device configured to;

    receive, directly endpoint-to-endpoint over a shared wireless area communication medium without passing through any intermediate node such that no wireless routing occurs therebetween over the shared wireless area communication medium, a first virtual device-related other endpoint device message from at least one other endpoint device without being wirelessly routed therethrough to indicate the availability of the at least one other endpoint device for attachment over the shared wireless area communication medium,send, to the at least one other endpoint device directly endpoint-to-endpoint over the shared wireless area communication medium without passing through any intermediate node such that no wireless routing occurs therebetween over the shared wireless area communication medium, a first virtual device-related message indicating the availability for communication with the at least one other endpoint device,receive, from the at least one other endpoint device directly endpoint-to-endpoint over the shared wireless area communication medium without passing through any intermediate node such that no wireless routing occurs therebetween over the shared wireless area communication medium, a first virtual device-related signal including a first virtual device-related device identifier,send, directly endpoint-to-endpoint over the shared wireless area communication medium without passing through any intermediate node such that no wireless routing occurs therebetween over the shared wireless area communication medium, a first virtual device-related response to the at least one other endpoint device,receive, from the at least one other endpoint device directly endpoint-to-endpoint over the shared wireless area communication medium without passing through any intermediate node such that no wireless routing occurs therebetween over the shared wireless area communication medium, a first virtual device-related other endpoint device response, andsend, to the at least one other endpoint device directly endpoint-to-endpoint over the shared wireless area communication medium without passing through any intermediate node such that no wireless routing occurs therebetween over the shared wireless area communication medium, a first virtual device-related second response including the first virtual device-related device identifier; and

    the second virtual device configured to;

    receive, directly and wirelessly, a second virtual device-related other apparatus message from at least one other apparatus to indicate the availability of the at least one other apparatus for attachment,send, to the at least one other apparatus directly and wirelessly, a second virtual device-related message indicating the availability for communication with the at least one other apparatus,receive, from the at least one other apparatus directly and wirelessly, a second virtual device-related signal including a second virtual device-related device identifier,send, directly and wirelessly, a second virtual device-related response to the at least one other apparatus,receive, from the at least one other apparatus directly and wirelessly, a second virtual device-related other apparatus response, andsend, to the at least one other apparatus directly and wirelessly, a second virtual device-related second response including the second virtual device-related device identifier.

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