"Mesh" Dreams = OLSR

Richard A. Smith richard at laptop.org
Tue Aug 24 13:20:05 EDT 2010

On 08/24/2010 01:01 PM, L. Aaron Kaplan wrote:

> Well - the issue is IMHO that OLPC always sold the public on the mesh
> idea. So it is somewhat of a bummer that the mesh is gone now.

Let me re-phrase what I said before all the rumors start to fly and I 
get in trouble.  The "idea" of mesh is still alive and well at OLPC.  We 
still very much believe in mesh.

Whats not there in 1.5 is 
"OLPC-original-mesh-routing-in-the-wlan-firmware".  One can still 
accomplish "mesh" via thin firmware.

And if you use multiple 1.5's out under a tree with no AP ah-hoc 
networking still allows them all to communicate just like XO1.

Almost nothing has changed except that now we don't melt down the 2.4Ghz 
RF spectrum when a bunch of them are near each other.

Having been once burned by mesh we are taking the "show me it works in a 
school" stance before jumping back into the mesh-routing game.  We need 
to see definitive numbers not just speculation.

Like you said.  There are AP's that will do all the fancy Tx power 
management without any mesh-routing.

Richard A. Smith  <richard at laptop.org>
One Laptop per Child

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