Systems and methods for fast initial network link setup

  • US 9,191,977 B2
  • Filed: 10/26/2012
  • Issued: 11/17/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/28/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of reducing signaling in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at a wireless communication device from a network service provider, an identifier and a characteristic for each of one or more network service devices for obtaining a network service from one or more network services in the wireless communication system, each network service device configured to communicate via a plurality of wireless local area network channels provided by the devices, and the characteristic for each of the one or more network service devices comprising a load value for each of the plurality of channels provided by the devices;

    selecting, at the wireless communication device, a network service device of the one or more network service devices to associate with based on the received identifiers and characteristics, wherein the received identifiers comprise an identifier that indicates that no new associations are being accepted for an associated network service device; and

    transmitting, from the wireless communication device to a provider of the selected network service device, a message to associate with the selected network service device.

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