Jason Keith Redi - Somerville MA
Roy Allen Westerberg - Concord MA
Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc. - New York NY
A band manager ( ) for a frequency-agile network simplifies packet transmission over multiple channels in an ad hoc network or wireless network by acting as a filter between a radio layer ( ) and a network layer ( ). The band manager ( ) selects one channel out of multiple channels for transmitting and receiving packets, thereby taking the channel-decision making responsibility away from the components (e. g. , the routing module ( ), packet multiplexer ( ), clustering module ( )) in the network layer ( ). As a result, the radio layer ( ) and the network layer ( ) transmit and receive packets over a single channel selected by the band manager ( ) rather than handling multiple packets over multiple channels. The inventive band manager ( ) simplifies a multiple-channel network by making the network layer ( ) and radio layer ( ) act like a single-channel network.