WiFi power conservation

Adrian Chadd adrian at squid-cache.org
Sun Feb 10 22:35:36 EST 2008


On Sun, Feb 10, 2008, John Gilmore wrote:

> Second, simply add a GUI control to turn off the Mesh part of the WiFi
> entirely.  This would save significant power (Mesh is transmitting all
> the time; an ordinary WiFi connection isn't).  It would also allow the
> ordinary WiFi to go into ordinary 802.11 power saving mode (which
> negotiates with the access point so that transmissions from the access
> point to the laptop will only occur during pre-negotiated time
> windows; the laptop's radio can stop listening the rest of the time).
> None of this is fancy OLPC crock-schtupping-hat technology, it's merely
> what every other WiFi in the world is doing -- but OLPC isn't.
> 

Question. If I have my OLPC at home setup to talk WPA to my local
AP (which I can't test atm; I can't even update the software on my OLPC!)
will the mesh code still function openly?

And if so, whats to stop my OLPC being an open bridge to my local internet
access?




Adrian



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