"XOs cannot act as WiFi access points"

Sebastian Silva sebastian at fuentelibre.org
Mon Mar 16 22:15:23 EDT 2015

Hi Adam,

If I remember correctly, the /libertas /driver that is needed (for the
xo1 at least), in contrast to its name, actually is not completely free,
I don't remember if because of some firmware blobs.

Therefore, it was difficult or impossible for a driver programmer to set
the device to monitor mode required to host a hotspot. Not my area of
expertise, though.

Hopefully i'm wrong.

When doing a laptop project (or an education project that involves
laptops), next time, hopefully every component will respect user's
>From looking at the consumer market, it will take a while.


El 16/03/15 a las 21:06, Adam Holt escibiĆ³:
> Can someone remind me the reason that XO laptops (if I'm remembering
> correctly) cannot use their antennae/ears as a self-contained WiFi AP
> server?  (e.g. for tiny community/village libraries in very offline
> developing countries.  A very typical situation being: local librarian
> wants to use existing XO hardware, leaving a humble knowledge hotspot
> unpassworded and wide open to diverse WiFi devices, in the style of
> Internet-in-a-Box).
> Is it a HW and/or SW (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HostAP) that
> prevents this, out of curiosity?
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