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

Samuel Greenfeld samuel at greenfeld.org
Mon Mar 16 23:01:17 EDT 2015

If I recall correctly, Android devices cannot connect to Ad-hoc networks
out-of-the-box.  There may be some third party utilities which allow
certain devices to do this with varying levels of success.

Instead, either one device is configured as an AP, or a newer-than-Adhoc
standard called WiFi Direct is used.

Android devices may also communicate amongst themselves using Bluetooth,
although creating mesh networks/Internet gateways again would require
third-party utilities.  One such utility (Open Garden) partnered with OLPC
for the XO Tablet (

In general, generic Android to Android device communication was an unsolved
problem the last time I looked into this.

On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:42 PM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> 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.
> 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?  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)
> Anyway: scalability's not a requirement (in this case!) as such community
> libraries are tiny, having a couple WiFi devices attached generally, rarely
> more.
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