GB2429080A - Dual-boot combined wireless adapter and access point - Google Patents

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GB2429080A
GB2429080A GB0525929A GB0525929A GB2429080A GB 2429080 A GB2429080 A GB 2429080A GB 0525929 A GB0525929 A GB 0525929A GB 0525929 A GB0525929 A GB 0525929A GB 2429080 A GB2429080 A GB 2429080A
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Tien-So Huang
Chi-Chung Chen
Tzu-Li Huang
Chung-Hsuan Kuo
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
    • H04W88/00Devices specially adapted for wireless communication networks, e.g. terminals, base stations or access point devices
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
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    • H04W92/08Interfaces between hierarchically different network devices between user and terminal device

Abstract

A communication apparatus comprising a first storage module storing first and second operating systems and respective first and second drivers, a second storage module, and a booting module for either loading the first OS and the first driver into the second storage module (first operating mode) or loading the second OS and the second driver into the second storage module (second operating mode). The communication apparatus functions in the first operating mode as an access point and in the second operating mode as a wireless adapter. The user can switch between modes using either a graphical user interface or a switch. This apparatus aims to avoid having the need for a complex driver for the same piece of hardware enabling it to function as both an access point and as a wireless adapter.

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COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

BACKCROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the invention

This present invention relates to a communication apparatus; more particularly, the communication apparatus of the present invention includes a first storage module.

The first storage module stores a first driver corresponding to a first operating mode, and a second driver corresponding to a second operating mode. A user selectively operates the communication apparatus in the first operating niode or the second operating mode via a user interface.

2. Description of the prior art

Products in the communication protocol IEEE 802.11 series can be divided into two kinds. The first kind is wireless access points. The other kind is wireless adapters.

The hardware design for the two kinds of products has the same chip and hardware circuit of wireless function. The main difference of the two kinds is the function of the driver. The hardware performs the access point function when the access point driver is loaded. The hardware performs the wireless adapter function when the wireless adapter driver is loaded.

In the communication protocol IEEE 802.11, the functions of the access point and the wireless adapter have obvious differences. It is not easy in practice to use a method for integrating those two functions in one single driver. If those two functions are integrated in a single operating system capable of loading both of the two functions, the size of the OS will be larger than those capable of loading only one driver. This kind of OS is not suitable for embedded system. If the OS further

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includes unloading function, the size of the OS will he even larger, the OS is not suitable for embedded system too.

Therefore, it is necessary to provide a method fbr integrating both the driver for access point and the driver for the wireless adapter effectively, so a user can use the access point function or the wireless adapter function in the same apparatus.

Moreover, the user can selectively operate the access point function or the wireless adapter function via a user interface. For this reason, the inventor shows his creativity, and develops his invention to the best. Therefore, the invention is created.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An objective of the invention is to provide an apparatus fbr integrating access point function and wireless adapter functiun. The communication apparatus includes a first driver corresponding to a first operating mode and a second driver corresponding to a second operating mode. When a booting module of the communication apparatus loads the first driver, the apparatus operates in the first mode. When the booting module loads the second driver, the apparatus operates in the second mode Another objective of the invention is to provide an apparatus for a user to select the access point function or the wireless adapter function via a user interface. The apparatus includes a graphical user interface or a switch circuit. A user can select the access point function or the wireless adapter function via the graphical user interface or the switch circuit. When the user selects the first operating mode or the second operating mode, the graphical user interface or the switch circuit generates a selection signal for responding to the user's operation. The selection signal is used to instruct the booting module whether to load the first driver or the second driver.

The advantage and spirit of the invention may he understood by the following recitations together with the appended drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE APPENDED DRAWINGS

FIG. I is a flow chart of a method for hooting the communication apparatus of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Please refer to FIG. 1. FIG. 1 is a flow chart of a method for booting the communication apparatus of the invention. According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, step S100 is first executed to hoot the system. Then, the access point function or the wireless adapter function is selected through the user interface.

While a user is selecting, step S102 is executed to generate a selection signal to respond to the operation of the user.

If the user selects the access point operating mode, then step Si 04 is executed to load the OS together with the access point driver into the DRAM. Then, S106 is executed to start the execution of the OS and the access point driver. Finally, in step S 108, the communication apparatus operates in the access point operating mode.

If the user selects the wireless adapter operating mode, step Si 1 0 is executed to load the OS together with the wireless athipter driver into the DRAM. Then, S 112 is executed to start the execution of the OS and the wireless adapter driver. Finally, in step S 114, the communication apparatus operates in the wireless adapter operating mode.

As compared to the prior art, the user can select the access point function or the wireless adapter function in the same apparatus. Therefore, the present invention successfully integrates the functions of two different products into a single apparatus.

With the example and explanations above, the features and spirits of the invention will be hopefully well described. Those skilled in the art will readily observe that numerous modifications and alterations of the device may be made while retaining the teaching of the invention. Accordingly, the above disclosure should be construed as limited only by the metes and bounds of the appended claims.

Claims (9)

  1. What is claimed is: 1. A communication apparatus, comprising: an user
    interface for generating a selection signal responsive to the operating of a user; a first storage module therein storing a first operating system (OS) corresponding to a first operating mode, a first driver corresponding to the first operating mode, a second OS corresponding to a second operating mode, and a second driver corresponding to the second operating mode; a second storage module; and a booting module for according to the selection signal selectively loading the first OS together with the first driver stored in the first storage module into the second storage module and for starting the execution of the first OS and the first driver such that said communication apparatus operates in the first operating mode, or loading the second OS together with the second driver stored in the first storage module into the second storage module and starting the execution of the second OS and the second driver such that said communication apparatus operates in the second operating mode.
  2. 2. The communication apparatus of claim 1, wherein when said communication apparatus operates in the first operating mode, said communication functions as an access point, and when said communication apparatus operates in the second operating mode, said communication apparatus functions as a wireless adapter.
  3. 3. The communication apparatus of claim I, wherein the user interface is a graphical user interface or a switch circuit.
  4. 4. The communication apparatus of claim 1, wherein the first storage module is a non-volatile memory.
  5. 5. The communication apparatus of claim 1, wherein the second storage module is a volatile memory.
  6. 6. A method for booting a communication apparatus, said communication apparatus comprising a first storage module and a second storage module, the first storage module therein storing a first operating systeni (OS) corresponding to a first operating mode, a first driver corresponding to the first operating mode, a second OS corresponding to a second operating mode, and a second driver corresponding to the second operating mode, said method comprising the steps of: being responsive to the operation of a user, generating a selection signal; according to the selection signal, selectively loading the first OS together with the first driver stored in the first storage module into the second storage module and starting the execution of the first OS and the first driver such that said communication apparatus operates in the first operating mode, or loading the second OS together with the second driver stored in the second storage module into the second storage module and starting the execution of the second OS and the second driver such that said communication apparatus operates in the second operating mode.
  7. 7. The method of claim 6, wherein when said communication apparatus operates in the first operating mode, said communication functions as an access point, arid when said communication apparatus operates in the second operating mode, said communication apparatus functions as a wireless adapter.
  8. 8. The method of claim 6, wherein the first storage module is a nonvolatile memory.
  9. 9. The method of claim 6, wherein the second storage module is a volatile memory.
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