07042988 is referenced by 316 patents and cites 114 patents.

The present invention can be used to facilitate the integration of wireless capability provided by wireless access points into an enterprise computer network. A gateway server is interposed between wireless access points and protected networks to provide security and integration functions, for example, authentication, access control, link privacy, link integrity, and bandwidth metering in various embodiments. Use of such a gateway server allows substantial control to be gained over network access even with the use of relatively simple access points. In general, such a gateway server receives a request to access the protected network. An authentication subsystem of the gateway server authenticates the user, preferably by accessing an external authentication server and returns a role to the authenticated user. An access controller in the gateway server provides differential access to the protected network based on the user's assigned role. A multiple gateway servers can be connected together to form a mesh network architecture.

Title
Method and system for managing data traffic in wireless networks
Application Number
10/259248
Publication Number
7042988 (B2)
Application Date
September 27, 2002
Publication Date
May 9, 2006
Inventor
David Crosbie
Somerville
MA, US
Geoffrey Crawshaw
Needham
MA, US
Thomas Christoffel
Concord
MA, US
Philip Bates
London
GB
David Juitt
Arlington
MA, US
Agent
Goodwin Procter
Assignee
Bluesocket
MA, US
IPC
H04M 1/64
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