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

Teco Boot (spam-protected)
Wed Aug 3 09:16:35 CEST 2011

As long as there is only an IPv6 link-local address, reachability
will be limited to 1-hop communication.

Experiments on how this could be extended is interesting work.


Op 3 aug 2011, om 08:43 heeft Ferry Huberts het volgende geschreven:

> 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.
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