★ CLICK ME FOR TABLES ★. Get the latest articles about Playstation 4 in our online magazine. HOME.The present invention relates to wireless communications, and in particular, to a wireless access point that may be connected to a plurality of client devices.
Recently, wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) systems have gained popularity, as they are easy to install, use and maintain. A WLAN system may include one or more Access Points (APs), such as a wireless AP, which may serve as a hub or a base station for a wireless network. The APs typically include radio frequency (RF) devices such as a digital signal processor (DSP), a baseband processor, and an RF transmitter and receiver. The RF devices may be coupled to a wired connection to a data switch, router, or other type of network element.
The APs may be communicatively coupled to a variety of client devices such as laptops, personal digital assistants, cell phones, etc. to access the Internet. The client devices may communicate with the AP using a wireless communication protocol, such as a wireless protocol that complies with the IEEE 802.11 standard, also known as “Wi-Fi”. The protocol allows client devices to connect to the Internet, and generally operates at a lower frequency than a cellular network, which generally supports a large number of users.
When an AP receives a client device request to access the network, the AP may communicate with an associated server or other network element to authenticate the client device and determine whether the client device has access to the AP. The AP may also maintain the connection with the client device for a predetermined period of time. Some APs may use a DAA (Deep Authentication Authorization) process to authenticate the client device. The DAA process allows the client device to authenticate its identity and obtain a secret key from the AP. The secret key may be used to protect communications between the client device and the AP. The secret key may be used to encrypt communications between the client device and the AP or an associated server. The client device may use the secret key to encrypt or decrypt data. The AP may also use a key exchange protocol to obtain the secret key from the client device.
Some APs may provide a separate and dedicated connection to a home server, which may be associated with the AP. The home server may be located within the AP's network and may be accessible to the AP. The AP may also provide a dedicated network connection to the client device to 0b46394aab