Method and Apparatus for Sensing Functional WLAN Connectivity
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-01
This document describes a method or apparatus for detecting useful WLAN connectivity for a traveling users who must now manually attempt to connect through myriad WLAN access points to determine which ones provide viable connectivity. This method or apparatus would sense the user’s context (e.g. speed and location) the user’s preference (interested in WLAN coverage now) and determine an interval for WLAN coverage scanning. When WLAN coverage is sensed, the handset would use identity information provided by the user (e.g. login, password, notebook’s WLAN MAC address) to attempt to establish connectivity to the sensed WLAN AP’s. When viable coverage is detected, the handset would alert the user (e.g. vibrate, ring) and provide relevant information about the connection (e.g. cost, provider identification, traffic loading).