[Olsr-users] Routing problem with bad ETX

Ferry Huberts (spam-protected)
Tue Apr 30 18:08:03 CEST 2013

On 30/04/13 18:04, Saverio Proto wrote:
> You need to adjust your multicast rate.
> Btw 0.6.3 olsrd is very old. Please use this feed to compile latest version:
> https://github.com/openwrt-routing/packages

Saverio, can you upgrade this feed to

> best regards
> Saverio Proto
> 2013/4/30 Simon Ebnicher <(spam-protected)>:
>> Hi,
>> we have set up a small OLSR mesh network with three routers (TP-Link
>> TL-WDR3600 running OpenWrt 12.09rc1, olsrd 0.6.3). We placed two routers
>> near to each other, and the third router at quite some distance.
>> R1 <----ETX:~1----> R2 <---------------ETX: 1.x to 2.x-----------> R3
>> The ETX on the direct link between R1 and R3 is usually below 2 (about
>> 1.3 to 1.7), so the direct route is preferred. However, the direct route
>> is completely unusable for data transfer (e.g., ping reports >95% packet
>> loss). As soon as two hop route via R2 is used, ping and other traffic
>> works fine.
>> We are wondering why the unreliable link is rated too optimistically. We
>> suspect that the Hello and TC multicast packets (which are used to
>> calculate the ETX) may have a better reception probability than unicast
>> packets (e.g., because they are sent at lower rates, no RTS/CTS). This
>> would lead to ETX values that do not reflect the link accurately.
>> Can anyone confirm or explain this behaviour and maybe offer a solution?
>> Best regards,
>> Simon Ebnicher
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Ferry Huberts

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