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


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