To add a new node to the network, the node must receive a sync message from a node already in the network. On power-up, an unsynchronized sleep compatible node will periodically send a broadcast requesting a sync message and then sleep for its SP period. Any node in the network that receives this message will respond with a sync. Because the network can be asleep for extended periods of time, and as such cannot respond to requests for sync messages, there are methods that can be used to sync a new node while the network is asleep. e.g. Power the new node on within range of a sleep support node. Sleep support nodes are always awake and will be able to respond to sync requests promptly.