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1. (WO2019067581) METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING NETWORK ACCESS
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A method of controlling network access, comprising:

transmitting, by a first access point, a first beacon over a first network to a station, the first beacon including information allowing the station to associate with the first access point;

receiving a probe request at the first access point over the first network from the station, the probe request including a request for rules for associating with a second network;

generating a probe response to include the rules regarding associating with the second network, wherein the rules do not permit uncontrolled communications over the second network; and

transmitting the probe response from the first access point to the station over the first network.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the rules permit at least one of passive scanning of the second network by the station, passive scanning of the second network based on a target beacon transmission time (TBTT) offset, active scanning of the second network based on a target wake time (TWT) offset, and active or passive scanning on one or more discovery channels.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the rules indicate to the station to begin one or more of the active scanning on the one or more discovery channels or listening for a fast initial link setup (FILS) discovery frame on the one or more discovery channels during the passive scanning.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the TBTT offset indicates a target time at which a second beacon on the second network is expected and wherein the TWT offset comprises a duration between the probe response and a first access window on the second network.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein the probe response including the permitted active scanning and the TWT offset transmitted in the probe response indicates to the station an access window on the second network during which the station is permitted to perform the active scanning on the second network and wherein the probe response including the permitted active scanning and the TWT offset transmitted in the probe response indicate to the station an access window on the second network during which the station is permitted to transmit another probe request and receive a probe response over the second network.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the probe response further includes an indication that the access window is trigger enabled or permits single user (SU) enhanced distributed channel access (EDCA).

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the indication that the access window permits SU EDCA that at least one period during which EDCA access is temporarily enabled.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the probe response further includes a channel number for communicating on the second network and, optionally, a basic service set identifier of the second network and wherein the probe response comprises all information needed for the station to associate on the second network and wherein the probe response is transmitted on the first network.

9. The method of claim 1, further comprising transmitting one or more fast initial link setup (FILS) discovery frames to the station on the second network, wherein the one or more FILS discovery frames indicate to the station whether active or passive scanning is permitted on the second network.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the one or more FILS discovery frames provide at least a TBTT offset and indicate to the station whether unsolicited probing is permitted on the second network, whether TWT service periods exist on the second network during which unsolicited probing by the station is permitted, and/or whether trigger frames are transmitted on the second network identifying random access resource units during which the station is permitted to transmit management frames on the second network.

11. A method of accessing networks, comprising:

receiving, by a station and from a first access point, a first beacon over a first network, the first beacon including information allowing the station to associate with the first access point;

transmitting a probe request from the station to the first access point, the probe request including a request for rules for associating with a second network;

receiving, at the station, a probe response from the first access point over the first network, the probe response including the rules regarding associating with the second network, wherein the rules do not permit uncontrolled communications over the second network; and

receiving, at the station, a second beacon over the second network based on the rules received in the probe response.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the rules permit at least one of passive scanning of the second network by the station, passive scanning of the second network based on a target beacon transmission time (TBTT) offset, and active scanning of the second network based on a target wake time (TWT) offset, and active or passive scanning on one or more discovery channels.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the rules indicate to the station to begin one or more of the active scanning on the one or more discovery channels or listening for a fast initial link setup (FILS) discovery frame on the one or more discovery channels during the passive scanning.

14. The method of claim 12, further comprising:

identifying, by the station and based on the TBTT offset, a target time at which a second on the second network is expected, and

identifying, based on the TWT offset, a duration between the probe response and a first access window on the second network.

15. The method of claim 12, further comprising:

identifying, by the station and based on the permitted active scanning and the TWT offset received in the probe response, an access window on the second network during which the station is permitted to perform active scanning on the second network, and

transmitting another probe request from the station over the second network during the identified access window and receiving another probe response at the station over the second network during the identified access window.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the station transmits the other probe request using one of controlled single user (SU) enhanced distributed channel access (EDCA) and random access based on whether the identified access window permits EDCA or is trigger enabled.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein the controlled single user (SU) enhanced distributed channel access (EDCA) comprises at least one period during which EDCA access by the station is enabled.

18. The method of claim 11, wherein the probe response further includes a channel number for communicating on the second network and, optionally, a basic service set identifier of the second network and wherein the probe response comprises all information needed for the station to associate with the second access point on the second network and wherein the probe response is transmitted on the first network.

19. The method of claim 11, further comprising receiving one or more fast initial link setup (FILS) discovery frames over the second network, wherein the one or more FILS discovery frames indicate to the station whether active or passive scanning is permitted on the second network.

20. The method of claim 19, further comprising determining, based on the one or more FILS discovery frames, whether to follow the rules and transmit the probe request or to defer transmission of the probe request and receive a second beacon based on at least a TBTT offset received in the one or more FILS discovery frames.

21. An apparatus for network access, comprising:

a processor configured to generate a first beacon comprising information allowing a station to associate with the apparatus;

a transmit circuit configured to transmit the first beacon to the station over a first network; and

a receiver circuit configured to receive a probe request from the station over the first network, the probe request comprising a request for rules for associating with a second network,

the processor further configured to generate a probe response to include the rules regarding associating with the second network, wherein the rules do not permit uncontrolled communications over the second network,

the transmit circuit further configured to transmit the probe response to the station over the first network.

22. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the rules permit at least one of passive scanning of the second network by the station, passive scanning of the second network based on a target beacon transmission time (TBTT) offset, active scanning of the second network based on a target wake time (TWT) offset, and active or passive scanning on one or more discovery channels.

23. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the rules indicate to the station to begin one or more of the active scanning on the one or more discovery channels or listening for a fast initial link setup (FILS) discovery frame on the one or more discovery channels during the passive scanning.

24. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the TBTT offset indicates a target time at which a second beacon on the second network is expected and wherein the TWT offset comprises a duration between the probe response and a first access window on the second network.

25. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the probe response including the permitted active scanning and the TWT offset transmitted in the probe response indicates to the station an access window on the second network during which the station is permitted to perform the active scanning on the second network and wherein the probe response including the permitted active scanning and the TWT offset transmitted in the probe response indicate to the station an access window on the second network during which the station is permitted to transmit another probe request and receive a probe response over the second network.

26. The apparatus of claim 25, wherein the probe response further includes an indication that the access window is trigger enabled or permits single user (SU) enhanced distributed channel access (EDCA).

27. The apparatus of claim 26, wherein the indication that the access window permits SU EDCA that at least one period during which EDCA access is temporarily enabled and, wherein the probe response further includes a channel number for the second access point and, optionally, a basic service set identifier of the second access point.

28. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the probe response comprises all information needed for the station to associate with the second access point on the second network and wherein the probe response is transmitted on the first network.

29. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the transmit circuit is further configured to transmit one or more fast initial link setup (FILS) discovery frames to the station on the second network, wherein the one or more FILS discovery frames indicate to the station whether active or passive scanning is permitted on the second network.

30. An apparatus for accessing networks, the apparatus comprising:

a receiver circuit configured to receive, from a first access point, a first beacon over a first network, the first beacon including information allowing the apparatus to associate with the first access point;

a processor configured to generate a probe request for transmission to the first access point, the probe request comprising a request for rules for associating with a second network; and

a transmit circuit configured to transmit the probe request to the first access point over the first network,

the receiver circuit further configured to:

receive a probe response from the first access point over the first network, the probe response including the rules regarding associating with the second network, wherein the rules do not permit uncontrolled communications over the second network; and

receive a second beacon from the second access point over the second network based on the rules received in the probe response.