[Olsr-dev] Minstrel - was: OLSRd 0.5.4 and 0.5.5 with ETT available

Henning Rogge (spam-protected)
Fri Nov 14 14:42:17 CET 2008

Am Friday 14 November 2008 14:31:54 schrieb Sven-Ola Tuecke:
> Hey,
> to grab link info is an overall problem - to be solved on other layers
> (means: not by the routing daemon). So one may want to catch up with the
> news. Here's a snippet:
> Last wednesday, I've talked to felix. He currently re-implements / revises
> the madwifi minstrel rate control stuff for ath5k. He is totally aware of
> the need for an API here - which (hopefull) shows up in the linux kernel
> one day. Felix says, the minstrel rate ctrl algo should be
> compatible/usable with other linux wifi drivers as well (all mac80211 -
> with the exception of intel, <cite nbd>intel has their own rate control and
> it look like that they will stick with it for a longer time</cite>).
I'm on the linux-wireless list and I REALLY hope that they will get a better 
ratecontrol algorithm soon. If they got it, nl80211 might be a good way to get 
the data out of the generic maclayer... maybe we must patch it for additional 
data, but we could send this patch back into the main kernel for inclusion.

> As a summary: it may be worth the time to monitor ath5k/minstrel. Maybe the
> BSD folk can be convinced to contribute/adapt the upcoming API (at least do
> translate the output of BSD-iwlist-ata mentioned by john).
I think we should just get some of the sourcecode from iwlist/config and put 
it into the BSD-specific part of olsr.org as soon as we have our "middleware".

Okay... BSD "solved"... linux progressing... noone here with good knowledge 
about the windows API to get WLAN parameters from adhoc drivers ? Would be a 
not nice if we had to leave windows behind...


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