[Battlemesh] Seems that we can "close" battlemesh open80211s :P

Benjamin Henrion bh at udev.org
Mon Sep 5 09:16:00 CEST 2011

On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM, L. Aaron Kaplan <aaron at lo-res.org> wrote:
> On Sep 2, 2011, at 7:49 PM, Juliusz Chroboczek wrote:
>>> But I'm not really sure about that, anybody has experimented with it?
>> No, but I've read a draft of the spec.
>> It's using an interesting hybrid routing protocol, partly based on AODV
>> and partly on naïve tree distribution protocols.  It uses a metric that
>> takes both packet loss and link rate into account, which is pretty cool.
>> On the other hand, it's a very complex protocol.  In the best tradition
>> of IEEE 802.11, it includes a large number of optional features that
>> vendors are not going to implement (including an optional routing
>> protocol based on OLSR (!) and the option to temporarily switch
>> frequencies in order to avoid interference (!!)).  I'm pretty positive
>> that independent implementations won't interoperate initially, just like
>> it happened with original (pre-B) IEEE 802.11.
>> In short, it'll take some time to mature, but it's likely to be pretty
>> cool.
> AFAIK that is *exactly* what the companies involved in the standardization of 802.11s
> had in mind:
> make a standard that is not interoperable because they are currently already selling
> lots of "mesh" equipment (and therefore create a lock-in situation for the buyer).
> Anyway, that was my impression.
> Juliusz: which version of the draft do you have?

What, those wonderful closed IEEE standards?


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