A transmission method for use in a wireless communication system, the system comprising a subscriber station, base station and intermediate apparatus in the form of one or more relay stations, the subscriber station and the base station being arranged to transmit and receive information via the intermediate apparatus, at least the subscriber station being required to perform a network entry process in order to connect to the system. The method comprises, in the intermediate apparatus, determining whether the subscriber station has initiated a network entry process with the intermediate apparatus, for example by receiving a ranging code from the subscriber station. Upon such a determination, the intermediate apparatus notifies the base station of the fact whilst continuing to conduct the network entry process with the subscriber station.; The base station responds with a return message to the intermediate apparatus, as part of a guidance process conducted from the base station to the intermediate apparatus so that the intermediate apparatus can manage completion of the network entry process. The method has particular relevance to multi-hop wireless systems based on standards such as IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX).