[Olsr-dev] OSX AirDrop as a zero configuration link layer?

Ferry Huberts (spam-protected)
Wed Aug 3 08:43:09 CEST 2011

On 08/03/2011 03:34 AM, Jeremy Lakeman wrote:
> We've got a couple of macbooks with OSX Lion installed and have spent
> some time playing around with AirDrop. And it struck me that this zero
> configuration, one hop radio link layer, could be ideal for building
> an adhoc mesh network.
> I haven't worked out anything about the actual radio layer, but while
> you have a finder window open with an AirDrop view there's a new
> network interface visible in the OS;
> p2p[1-N]: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
> 	ether 1a:1e:df:XX:XX:XX
> 	inet6 fe80::181e:dfff:feXX:XXXX%p2p[1-N] prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xa
> 	media: autoselect
> 	status: active

p2p indicates that it is a pseudo interface. it smells like they setup a
fully meshed network. details are scarse but not a good fit for olsr IMHO

> Over which the mac announces the availability of airdrop and your
> machine's name, with link local mDNSv6 packets.
> Admittedly I could probably setup a test myself to see if I could get
> olsrd running over this network link. But I'm not certain when I'll be
> able to find the time, and I thought I'd post a quick summary of my
> findings somewhere to see if anyone else was interested in the idea.

Ferry Huberts

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