State of the OpenMoko wlan driver

Henning Rogge rogge at
Thu Sep 18 14:53:38 CEST 2008

Am Donnerstag 18 September 2008 14:35:14 schrieb Andy Green:
> AUI the official situation from Atheros is there isn't any Monitor Mode
> in the firmware, I know other folks in OM are talking to Atheros and
> maybe they can make a nice surprise.
If this means that the firmware does block all data frames going to other MAC 
addresses except it's own one then we have no chance for monitor AND promisc 

If it only means that the firmware cannot give us access to the raw mac80211 
frames, then we might get promisc mode.

And maybe someone can ask Atheros if there is some kind of "status" function 
that returns the average? signal strength of each adhoc station in range and 
the bandwith of the last unicast communication with it. Both values are very 
important for good MANET routing metrics.

> But personally, I expect what we got is what we got on GTA02
I hope the GTA03/04 will use a WLAN chip with softmac driver.

> and if you 
> want monitor mode the "solution" is stick zd1211-based USB stick in
> there.  Super happy to be proved wrong though!
I don't think a smartphone would be a good "demonstration device" for a 
meshnet if you have to put an external WLAN stick in it. ;)


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