Alternative to Create a new wireless network

Simon Schampijer simon at
Fri Apr 23 04:00:03 EDT 2010

On 04/22/2010 05:44 PM, Sascha Silbe wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 05:17:17PM +0200, Simon Schampijer wrote:
>> * Naming: do we agree to name the networks 'Mesh Network [channel
>> name]' even though they are no mesh networks but in order to keep
>> 'backwards compatibility'?
> Please don't. Besides given two identically named sets of "networks" on
> XO-1, it will mislead people into thinking a) these are interoperable
> with Mesh networks and b) they work like Mesh networks (i.e. do packet
> forwarding).

Point taken. 'Our Network' or 'Local network' would be two possible options.

>> * Connection sharing: So far the connections created are 'link-local'
>> connections. What is the plan for sharing an internet connection over
>> an adhoc network?
> Given that most of the time the gateway only has a single "official"
> IPv4 address, NAT is required anyway. NetworkManager doesn't support
> IPv6 "connection sharing" yet [1], so we can't support it either.
> An interesting option might be to use a bridge on the gateway. Will DHCP
> be used for connecting to existing ad-hoc networks?

Right, connection sharing is only available for IPv4 in NM. This should 
work out of the box though. I guess the general feature is not as 
important for now.

"NetworkManager sets up the wireless card to work as an ad-hoc wifi node 
that others can join. The routing will be set up between the new network 
and the primary network connection, and DHCP is used for assigning IP 
addresses on the new shared wifi network. DNS queries are also forwarded 
to upstream nameservers transparently." [1]


Was that the missing link? Sorry, I did not fully get your sentence above.


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