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Method and system of wireless lan access by trusting relationship based on membership

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000227660D
Publication Date: 2013-May-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 81K

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Abstract

This invention describes an architecture and related protocols to created a home wireless router based social network to make it easy to share the home wireless resources with friends and friends' friends. With this invention enabled, users can be granted access to WIFI automatically through a public relationship in social network or a membership. As smart phone, mobile devices with WIFI access capability are more and more popular, this easy way to grant access will make the users easier to use them. The implementation may cover both mobile devices part and social network service, with enhancement in social network service to query membership/relationship publicly and in mobile device to enable this SSO (single sign on) witht the social network service and the local WIFI device.

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Method and system of wireless lan access by trusting relationship based on membership

Currently, users can access internet from their computer, mobile, laptop, pad and so on via their wireless router at home, but when they visit other places like a friend or friend's friend's houses, he/she needs to re-configure his wireless terminal's setting to be able to join the visited home's local wireless network, it's very inconvenient; a work around is to configure the visited home's wireless network as open or free access, but this will bring security issues.

This invention describes an architect and related protocols to created a home wireless router based social network to make it easy to share the home wireless resources with friends and friends' friends.

User Scenario 1

I bring my pad to visit one of my colleagues's house where there is a WLAN. Normally WLAN has access control, a user without WLAN password cannot use the WLAN resource. So traditionally, if I want to use this WLAN, I have to ask my colleagues about the password, and with it access the WLAN. It's not convenient to me and sometimes the host is not so comfortable to share the password because this password is possibly used by him in somewhere else.

With this invention, I have a membership of a community, the WLAN service provider can recognize my pad and grant access permission without prompting a password. The only reason is that we are connected directly. That's what it's like to end user.

User Scenario 2:

I attend a technical conference in US, of course with my think pad. Before attending, I register this conference as a speaker. The conference is held in a university. At the first day before the conference formally open, I come to this university. There's WIFI. But without password, I cannot access. The second day, the conference grand opening day, this time I can access the WLAN with my pad without password input, until the conference ending. The only reason is that I have a connection with this conference because I registered as a speaker.

User Scenario 3:

Currently there is WIFI service in public area, like restaurant, coffee house, etc. Usually I have to have password to access these WIFI by asking waitress. Now, if I have a membership of the restaurant or I have a connection to this coffee house. I can acc...