802.11s portals

Dan Williams dcbw at redhat.com
Wed Mar 28 00:29:30 EDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-03-27 at 16:53 -0700, MBurns wrote:
> List: correct me if I am wrong.
> As far as I know, the best first step is an Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter
> [1]. They use the same Marvell chip that the OLPC uses, and it would
> stand to reason that a Linux+Marvell setup for the OLPC would work
> reasonably well in a generic Linux desktop machine with an Xbox
> adapter dongle. Any progress to this in would be very interesting. 

The XBox dongles, while also apparently 8388-based, don't actually work
with the driver or the firmware.  We're not sure if there is additional
hardware in them, or if they have different Boot2 firmware that checks
signatures of the real firmware, or what.  More experimentation and
possibly reverse engineering is necessary to figure out how to upload
firmware to the XBox dongles.

The standard setup (for now) is an XO with a USB Ethernet dongle and the
internal 8388.  Bring up the ethernet device, configure the msh0
interface as AdHoc, give it an SSID, a channel, and an IP address, and
start the 'mpp.py' script.

We'll be plugging 8388 USB dongles into larger servers, but these
dongles are Marvell reference boards and not suitable for production or
long-term use since they are not environmentally sealed, don't have RF
cans, and only have 1 antenna connection point.


> Any other ideas?
> [1] http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=xbox+360+wireless
> +adapter&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:official&hs=srf&um=1&sa=X&oi=froogle&ct=title
> On 3/27/07, Aaron Kaplan <aaron at lo-res.org> wrote:
>         Sorry if this has been asked before, but...
>         (I asked on irc)
>         I am currently researching how to connect the 802.11s mesh
>         points via
>         portals the the net. So far I found no single PCI or any other
>         card
>         that you could plug into a normal linux PC/server. How are you
>         people 
>         currently configuring a portal ? Do you plug in a USB ethernet
>         device ?
>         So, in other words: how to construct a 802.11s portal server?
>         If this has been asked before, I would be very happy about
>         pointers.
>         thanks,
>         aaron.
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