Wireless power, light and automation control

  • US 9,465,377 B2
  • Filed: 12/29/2011
  • Issued: 10/11/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/16/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A power control device for controlling an electrical apparatus through a peer-to-peer link with a controller so as to control a supply of electricity to the electrical apparatus, the controller having a processor, a memory, a user interface, and a wireless communications transceiver, said device comprising:

  • a microprocessor having a memory;

    a power control circuit configured to implement a command from said microprocessor to vary the supply of electricity to the electrical apparatus; and

    a wireless communications transceiver operable for two-way, peer-to-peer communication with the controller, said microprocessor being configured to open a peer-to-peer wireless communications link with the controller by either;

    simulating a network access point if said controller is an IEEE 802.11 network client device;

    ornegotiating with said controller as to which of said microprocessor or said controller will assume a group owner role if said controller is an IEEE 802.11 device configured to utilize a peer-to-peer communications standard.

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