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1. WO2016085582 - PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL D'APPARIEMENT DE DISPOSITIF DE WLAN

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Claims:

1. A method for pairing a wireless device with an access point using a push button on the access point, the method comprising:

receiving a request at an access point to join a wireless network;

receiving a push button command to pair the wireless device to the access point; inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers associated with the access point; determining if the wireless device is permitted to pair with the access point;

broadcasting a service set identifier associated with the wireless device;

pairing the access point with the wireless device;

exchange information between the access point and the wireless device across the wireless network.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the step of receiving a request comprises the access point receiving an identity indication of the wireless device.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the identity indication is a medium access control address as part of a beacon message.

4. The method of claim 1 , wherein receiving a push button command comprises receiving an indication at the access point that a pairing button has been activated.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers further comprises providing an indication that a wireless protected setup has commenced.

6. The method of claim 1 , wherein determining if the wireless device is permitted to pair with the access point further comprises:

comparing an identifier indicator of the wireless device with a listing of service set identifiers and wireless device indicators, wherein pairing of the wireless device is permitted if the wireless device indicator is on the listing.

7. The method of claim 1, broadcasting a service set identifier associated with the wireless device comprises broadcasting only a service set identifier that is associated with the wireless device.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein pairing the access point with the wireless device comprises exchanging security keys.

9. The method of claim 1, further comprising indicating, on the access point, a condition of successful pairing.

10. An access point that pairs with a wireless device, the access point comprising:

a wireless interface for receiving a request to join a wireless network;

a processor, connected to memory, that functions to control the wireless interface for pairing with the wireless device;

a pushbutton interface for detecting commencement of a pairing action, wherein when depressed, causes the processor inhibit broadcast of all service set identifiers associated with the access point;

wherein after the processor determines that the wireless device is associated with a service set identifier, the processor causing the wireless interface to broadcast only the service set identifier associated with the wireless device, the processor further acting to pair the access point with the wireless device using the service set identifier.

11. The access point of claim 10, wherein the processor broadcasting only the service set identifier associated with the wireless device ensures that the wireless device pairs with only a correct service set identifier.

12. A method for pairing a wireless device with an access point in a wireless network using a personal computer in communications with the access point, the method comprising: receiving a selection of a service set identifier from the personal computer;

inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers except the received service set identifier;

receiving a logical push button configuration activation from the personal computer; pairing the access point with the wireless device;

restoring broadcast of all of the service set identifiers; and

exchanging information between the access point and the wireless device across the wireless network.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers except the received service set identifier acts to ensure that the wireless device pairs only with the selected service set identifier.

14. The method of claim 12, wherein inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers except the received service set identifier prevents pairing of the wireless device to a service set identifier that is not associated with the wireless device.

15. The method of claim 12, wherein receiving a logical push button configuration activation from the personal computer initiates pairing the access point with the wireless device.

16. The method of claim 12, wherein pairing the access point with the wireless device comprises exchanging security key information.

17. An access point that pairs with a wireless device using a personal computer in communications with the access point, the access point comprising:

a wireless interface for receiving a request to join a wireless network;

an input and output interface that couples the personal computer to the access point, the input and output interface receiving a selection of a service set identifier from the personal computer;

a processor, connected to memory, that functions to control the wireless interface for pairing with the wireless device, the processor controlling the wireless interface to inhibit broadcast of all service set identifiers except for the received service set identifier from the personal computer;

wherein the access point receives from the personal computer a logical push button configuration activation, thereafter the processor acts to control the wireless interface to pair the access point with the wireless device;

thereafter the processor causing the wireless interface to restore broadcasting of all of the service set identifiers.

18. The access point of claim 17, wherein the processor controlling the wireless interface to inhibit broadcast of all service set identifiers except for the received service set identifier from the personal computer ensures that the wireless device pairs with only a correct service set identifier.

19. A method for pairing a wireless device with an access point using a push button on the access point, the method comprising:

receiving a push button command to pair the wireless device to the access point; inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers associated with the access point; broadcasting a service set identifier associated with the wireless device;

pairing the access point with the wireless device;

exchange information between the access point and the wireless device across the wireless network.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein receiving a push button command comprises receiving an indication at the access point that a pairing button has been activated multiple times.

21. The method of claim 20, wherein the pairing button has been activated multiple times in a fixed time interval.

22. The method of claim 1 , wherein inhibiting broadcast of all service set identifiers further comprises providing an indication that a wireless protected setup has commenced.

23. The method of claim 1, wherein pairing the access point with the wireless device comprises exchanging security keys.