[UKids] Re: "XOs cannot act as WiFi access points"

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Mon Mar 16 22:59:09 EDT 2015

On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:42:35PM -0400, Adam Holt wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:36 PM, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:
>     On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 09:30:30PM -0500, Jerry Vonau wrote:
>     > On March 16, 2015 at 9:23 PM James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:
>     > >
>     > > There's no need to go as far as configuring as an access point when
>     > > ad-hoc networking will work, with suitable configuration of the other
>     > > laptops connecting to it.
>     >
>     > Has sugar addressed http://bugs.sugarlabs.org/ticket/3708?
>     Why would you use Sugar?
> We'd love to keep some/any version of Sugar on the XO if possible,
> even if just so the librarian can putter.

Okay, then #3708 certainly needs fixing, or hacking around.

> Important: how compatible is the XO's Ad-Hoc networking with generic Android
> tablets/phones and generic/vintage cheap laptops already out there in the
> world?

About this much:  [          ]

If the other units are specified for IEEE 802.11g then they should
support ad-hoc interoperability with any XO laptop, at a radio
protocol level.

> Any other low-to-medium complexity protocols we should be
> considering, for XO-1.5 and higher especially, that might plausibly
> sail with a few weeks of hacking?  (that is if a genuine WiFi
> hotspot brings more compatibility)

DHCP.  Fairly complex.

> Anyway: scalability's not a requirement (in this case!) as such
> community libraries are tiny, having a couple WiFi devices attached
> generally, rarely more.


James Cameron

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