[Server-devel] [UKids] "XO-1 classrooms" don't reliably connect to many/most Wifi AP's

Jon Nettleton jon.nettleton at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 01:24:33 EST 2014

On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 7:08 AM, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 11:31:39AM +1100, James Cameron wrote:
>> On Sun, Feb 09, 2014 at 07:18:49PM -0500, Kevin Gordon Gmail wrote:
>> > Tp link set as 3g router mode, with usb Sierra wireless usb modem,
>> > set to channel 11, 80211g only, wpa2 pal security. Running stock
>> > f/w.
>> Terry found that channel 1 was the most afflicted.  I suspect, but I
>> haven't checked, that the idle mesh only uses channel 1, but it also
>> use whatever channel the laptop is associated with.
> Tim's results from Open Firmware show that the idle mesh switches to
> whatever channel is being used for association with an access point.

This has to be the case because there is only one radio, so both
802.11s and 802.11b/g have to be configured for the same channel.

> So while we would normally see an operating mesh on 1, 6 and 11, it
> can be seen on other channels as well.
> The underlying fault was somewhat channel specific ... because the
> scans are done in sets; (1,2,3,4), (5,6,7,8), (9,10,11,12).  If a mesh
> was heard on channel 1 then the scan results for channels 2, 3 and 4
> will have been lost.  If a mesh was heard on channel 9, then the scan
> results for channels 10, 11 and 12 will have been lost.

I think really what we need to do is have a better workflow for
detecting connectivity, not much different from how we are handling
ad-hoc on the later model XO's

I think on initial boot, or waking from suspend and the previous wifi
state was not connected, we need to disable the mesh interface and
scan for infrastructure AP's.  Then if this fails we can either scan
for ad-hoc or bring up the mesh interface and look for a mesh network
to connect to.  I think besides driver bugs we have a general problem
of trying to do too much at the same time with a single radio.

any takers on this workflow for network discovery?


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