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

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Mon Mar 16 23:31:19 EDT 2015

On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 11:01:17PM -0400, Samuel Greenfeld wrote:
> If I recall correctly, Android devices cannot connect to Ad-hoc networks
> out-of-the-box.

I agree, the user interface for the feature is missing, although the
feature is present in most wireless drivers just fine.

> 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 ( [1]http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/
> one-laptop-per-child-partners-with-open-garden-to-grow-internet-everywhere-220497161.html
> ).
> In general, generic Android to Android device communication was an
> unsolved problem the last time I looked into this.

Why would Google and the carriers want to have people bypass them?  It
makes no business sense.  ;-)

James Cameron

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